Thomas Fortescue's large single-storeyed bungalow at Allahabad in extensive grounds
Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)
Watercolour of Thomas Fortescue's house in Allahabad from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Benares to Nazibghur Vol. III' 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.
Allahabad, situated at the junction of the Ganges and Jumna rivers, was ceded by Saadat Ali Khan, Nawab of Awadh (r.1798-1814) in 1801 to the British. Allahabad's location offered a strategic military position and was made the capital of the North-West Provinces in 1834. Thomas Fortescue was the Judge and Magistrate at Allahabad between 1812-15. View shows a large single-storied villa at Allahabad in extensive grounds. Inscribed below: 'Thomas Fortescue Esqr.'s House at Allahabad.'