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'Views along the Hooghly'. Garden Reach, Calcutta 320

'Views along the Hooghly'. Garden Reach, Calcutta 320

Artist and engraver: Moffat, James (1775-1815)

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: P320

Item number: 320

Length: 33

Width: 43.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Uncoloured aquatint with etching of Garden Reach in Calcutta by James Moffat (1775-1815) one of his series of 'Views along the Hooghly' published in Calcutta in 1798. Garden Reach, a suburb of Calcutta, was an area on the River Hooghly where many Europeans built large 'Garden Houses' with grounds sweeping down to the river's edge. The row of palladian mansions lining the river approach to the city provided an impressive view and made this one of the most fashionable areas of Calcutta. The wide distances between the houses were so designed in the belief that it would reduce the spread of disease by aiding air flow.

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