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Milestone on the road near Agra, Uttar Pradesh, c. 20 January 1789

Milestone on the road near Agra, Uttar Pradesh, c. 20 January 1789

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840), and Daniell, William (1769-1837

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: WD171

Item number: 171

Length: 265

Width: 406

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas Daniell of the milestone on the road near Agra in the Uttar Pradesh, dated c.20 January 1789. Inscribed on front in pencil: '15'; on back in pencil: 'Koss-Stone on the Road near Agra'; in ink: '7'.

The Mughal emperors built many roads and during the 17th-century numerous milestones of this type, called kos minar, were erected around Delhi every two miles along the Grand Trunk Road, a great continental highway linking the plains of Bengal with the Punjab and the North-West Frontier.

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