f.25' Muggur Tank, Kurrachee' (Alligator Tank').'
Artist: Boyd, George (1800-1850)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of the 'Alligator Tank' near Karachi (Pakistan) by George Boyd (1800-1850) dated between 1821 and 1844. This is one of 95 drawings (90 folios), mainly of landscapes and monuments in the Deccan, West India and Afghanistan.
The sketch depicts sacred crocodiles known as 'mugger macch' in a natural lagoon 400 feet long by 200 feet wide near to the tomb of the saint ‘Pir Mango’, or Alligator Saint. Legend has it that the tank was created by Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a Sufi saint buried at Sehwan, who caused a hot spring to come out from the ground and a grove of date palms to appear. In the early 20th century day trippers could hire hansoms or 'huglies' (open barouches) to visit the picturesque spot.