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The opium godown or store within its compound at Patna

The opium godown or store within its compound at Patna

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4701

Item number: 4701

Length: 347

Width: 247

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of an Opium Godown in Patna from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Patna to Benares Vol. II' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r. 1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his journey from Calcutta to Delhi between 1814-15.

The British used Patna as a centre for manufacturing opium for exportation and medicinal purposes. The godown or store was located on the river bank and on the site of an old Dutch Factory. View of the principal facade with its basement storey as a rusticated arcade and alternating pedimented windows and pilasters. Inscribed below: 'Opium Godown at Patna.'

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