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The old European cemetery at Patna

The old European cemetery at Patna

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4704

Item number: 4704

Length: 246

Width: 355

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the European cemetery 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. Lord Moira, 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.

Disputes between Mir Qasim, the Nawab of Bengal (r.1760-63) and the British resulted in a massacre where about 60 Europeans died in Patna. This view is of the old European cemetery at Patna, with obelisk-shaped tombs and monuments, and on the right the pillar above the grave of the victims. Inscribed below: 'European Burying ground at Patna.'

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