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The walls of Gaur, with a tank in which elephants are bathing, and Lord Hastings' encampment in the foreground

The walls of Gaur, with a tank in which elephants are bathing, and Lord Hastings' encampment in the foreground

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4889

Item number: 4889

Length: 36.5

Width: 46.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the walls at Gaurfrom 'Views by Seeta Ram from Malda to Gunga Pursaad Vol. II' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1817-21. 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 expedition to Bengal in 1817 and his convalescent tour in the Rajmahal Hills in the winter of 1820-21.

Idealised view of the walls of Gaur, with a tank in which elephants are bathing, and Lord Hastings' encampment in the foreground. As a derelict city in the Malda district of Bengal, Gaur was an ancient capital of the rulers of Bengal. Gaur was relinquished to ruin and decay by the end of the 16th century. With its history as a provincial centre of Islamic culture, Gaur has the remnants of many monuments. Part of the 15th century fort remains along with its principal entrance on the northern side, called the Dakhil Darwaza. Inscribed below: 'Walls of the old Fort at Gour and part of Lord Hastings Camp in front.'

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