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Water being raised from a well by means of bullocks pulling at the rope down an inclined plane

Water being raised from a well by means of bullocks pulling at the rope down an inclined plane

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4792

Item number: 4792

Length: 42

Width: 59.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour depicting water being raised from a well from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Gheen to Delhi Vol. VI' 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.

Water being raised from a well by means of bullocks pulling at the rope down an inclined plane, a closer view of the previous. The pair of bullocks, steered down the ramp by a sam sitting in a sligh slung between them, is used to haul up a large bullock's hide full of water, which another man then tips into a channel running to a nearby tank. A bishti is filling with the water his own skins across another bullock. Beyond is a range of hills. Inscribed below: 'Water wheel upon the principal of the inclined plane and the water raised in Bullock's hide in front.'

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