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'South view of Chinsura'. Aquatint with etching by and after James Moffat, published Calcutta 1809. One of a set of views of Bengal and along the Ganges

'South view of Chinsura'. Aquatint with etching by and after James Moffat, published Calcutta 1809. One of a set of views of Bengal and along the Ganges

Artist: Moffat, James (1775-1815)

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: P108

Item number: 108

Length: 35

Width: 50

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

Aquatint with etching of a south view of Chinsura by and after James Moffat (1775-1815) published in Calcutta 1809. This one of a set of views of Bengal and along the Ganges. James Moffat, a Scotsman, was based in Calcutta from the age of fourteen and is thought to have learnt his trade as an engraver in the city.

Chinsura is situated immediately south of Hooghly in West Bengal and was established by the Dutch in the early 17th century. Chinsura was ceded to the British in exhange for the English-held Island of Sumatra in Indonesia and cash sum of £100,000 in 1824.

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