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The river bank at Najafgarh, showing the remains of substantial houses and temples.

The river bank at Najafgarh, showing the remains of substantial houses and temples.

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4743

Item number: 4743

Length: 41.5

Width: 51.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the river bank at Najafgarh 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.

Nugib(i.e. Najib)garh is presumably a mistake for Najafgarh, a place on the right bank of the Ganges 16 miles below Kanpur where General Claude Martin (1735-1800) had established a indigo factory. After his death the town went into decline. View of the river bank at Najafgarh, showing the remains of substantial houses and temples. Inscribed below: 'Nugibghur 12 Coss from Cawnpore.'

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