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The cantonment at Ghazipur

The cantonment at Ghazipur

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4714

Item number: 4714

Length: 314

Width: 510

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the catonment at Ghazipur 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.

Ghazipur, located east of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges river, is the site where Marquis Cornwallis (1738-1805) died on 5 October 1805. Marquis Cornwallis was the Governor-General and the Commander-in-Chief (r. 1786-93, 1805) responsible for the campaign against Tipu Sultan during the Third Mysore War (1790-92). View of the cantonment at Ghazipur with drilling sepoys in the distance, the river on the far left. "Taken as a whole the Ghazipur cantonment, with the Ganges flowing along its south side and its wide open expanses of grass, it is decidedly superior in picturesqueness to many stations of the same size." Inscribed below: 'Cantonment Bungalow in the foreground at Gazypore and with Lord Cornwallis's Tomb in the distance.'

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