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An English house on the bank of the Ganges, Colgong (Bihar). 24 September 1803

An English house on the bank of the Ganges, Colgong (Bihar). 24 September 1803

Artist: Salt, Henry (1780-1827)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1803

Shelfmark: WD103

Item number: 103

Length: 288

Width: 459

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour and pen-and-ink drawing, by Henry Salt (1780-1827), of an English house on the bank of the Ganges at Colgong in Bihar, dated 24th September 1803. This drawing is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Sept. 24th. Colgong 2'; and on the back in pencil: 'Colgong; Ganges.' Viscount Valentia (George Annesley) wrote, "September 24.-...At nine we came to three islands in the river, covered with wood, with large masses of rock, forming a firm barrier against the force of the water, and others still larger rearing their heads amongst the underwood. The ground on the right bank was beautifully undulated, and covered in many places with trees, among which were two English houses, in a sitaution the most enviable I have seen in India; beyond them was a range of small detached conical hills, covered with jungle to their summits, and at a greater distance, the blue hills of Bahar. Colgong is the name of the place, near which the Bhaugulpore nullah again joins the river."

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