Part of Mirzapore
Artist: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of part of Mirzapur by Robert Smith (1787-1873) in March 1813. This is one of 18 drawings (20 folios) of landscapes and architecture in Uttar Pradesh taken in 1813. Inscribed on the original album cover is:' No. 5. Ganges, Soane R. Cawnpore Jaunpoor.' Captain Robert Smith was a military engineer with the East India Company and was in India from 1805 to 1833. He designed a number of buildings in India and also repaired various Indian monuments including the Kutb Minar and the Jami Masjid at Delhi. In 1813 to 1814 he was surveying on the Mirzapur South frontier.
Mirzapur is an ancient city in Uttar Pradesh state, north central India situated on the Ganga River surrounded by hills about halfway between Varanasi and Allahabad. The town was formerly an important trading centre between central and western India and contains the famous shrine of the goddess Vindhyeshwari which is visited by many pilgrims. Along the river front are picturesque stone ghats, mosques, Hindu temples and houses.