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View of the French settlement of Chandernagore (Bengal).28 October 1868

View of the French settlement of Chandernagore (Bengal).28 October 1868

Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: WD269

Item number: 269

Length: 24.5

Width: 11

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Watercolour painting of the French settlement of Chandernagore by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901) dated 28 October 1868. Inscribed on the mount in pencil is: 'French settlement of Chandernagore on the Hooghly. Wed. 28 Oct. 1868.'

The former French colony of Chandernagore is situated on the bank of the Hooghly River near Calcutta in north-eastern India. Chandernagore was one of a number of competing European enclaves in this area. It was founded in 1673 and gradually expanded to become a great commercial centre. Chandernagore was handed back to India after a referendum in 1950 but still retains the churches, cemeteries and convents of the French.

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