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The sacred pool at Balaju, with a Political Officer (Lawrence himself?) approaching on horseback a group of Newars

The sacred pool at Balaju, with a Political Officer (Lawrence himself?) approaching on horseback a group of Newars

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1845

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5252

Item number: 5252

Length: 25.6

Width: 42.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil, wash and watercolour, embellished with silver within a black frame of the pool at Balaju, north of Kathmandu in Nepal, part of the Lawrence Collection created by an anonymous artist, c. 1843-1846. The drawing is inscribed in pencil on the front: 'Bala Ji. Flowing Tank. 2 miles north of Khatmandu;' and on the reverse: 'Temple. Tank with sacred fish (Nellie Lawrence's note) 1907.' The original pencil sketch for this drawing is in the Hodgson collection in the Royal Asiatic Society.

The image shows a Political Officer on horseback, perhaps Lawrence himself, approaching a group of Newars in front of a tank with many images and fountains. Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence (1806-1857) held the post of Resident of Nepal from 1843 to 1846.

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