'Barrackpore, Pagoda near Khardah'. Aquatint with etching by and after James Moffat, published Calcutta c.1805-1810. One of a set of views of Bengal and along the Ganges.
Artist: Moffat, James (1775-1815)
Medium: Aquatint with etching
Aquatint with etching of a temple in Barrackpore near Kardah drawn and engraved by James Moffat (1775-1815) for a set of views of Bengal and along the Ganges and published in Calcutta in c.1805-1810. Barrackpore is situated north of Calcutta on the river Hooghly in West Bengal. It was founded as a cantonment in 1775 for the British army and later became the summer residence of the British Governor-General. The aquatint depicts hut-type brick temples with sloping curvilinear roofs. This form of roof is derived from thatch and bamboo structures and is resistant to the excessive rainfall that characterises this region.