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The tavern and farm-yard of John Havell outside Dinapore

The tavern and farm-yard of John Havell outside Dinapore

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4708

Item number: 4708

Length: 329

Width: 514

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Mr. Havell's farm and tavern 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.

Mr. John Havell lived outside the Danapur cantonments. Havell produced cured meats at his farm, which was sold in Calcutta, and also experimented in wine production. This view of the tavern and farm-yard, an apparently square house with colonnaded verandahs on all sides, in extensive grounds, was visited by Lord Moira in 1814. Inscribed below: 'Mr. Havell Purveyor's Fame' [farm]' at Dinapore.'

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