Hurdwar from Opt Bank
Draughtsman: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of Haridwar by Robert Smith (1787-1873) from an album of 29 drawings (29 folios) of landscapes and architecture in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, dating to 1812 and 1813. Inscribed on the original cover is: 'No. 4. Rewarry & Seik Country: Siharunpoor & Hurdwar. Lines of March etc.'; on the inside of the cover is: 'Drawn by Col Smith. R.E. Owner of the extensive round house at Paignton, Devon. Book of Sketches sold by auction at the above house - 4 of the books purchased by me. J. Pethwick. The Colonel was splendid as a draftsman, but the worst possible as a painter.' Drawings inscribed with titles in pencil.
Haridwar, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, is the first major town on the River Ganges at the point where the river flows onto the plains. The town has always been a major pilgrimage site for Hindus as it is seen to be blessed by the trinity of the deities Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The Ganges here is quite calm and clear and the many bathing ghats are always full of people performing their ablutions. The main ghat at Haridwar is Hari-ki-Pari which reputedly contains a footprint of Lord Vishnu embedded in a stone.