Part of Mirzapore. Sepr. 1814.
Artist: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of part of Mirzapur by Robert Smith (1787-1873) in September 1814. This is one of 27 drawings (29 folios) of views made during a march from Benares (Varanasi) to Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, probably en route for Almora in 1814. Inscribed on original cover is: 'No. XIII. Ganges & Luknow'. Captain Robert Smith was a military engineer with the East India Company. He 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.
Mirzapur is an ancient city on the Ganga River surrounded by hills and situated about halfway between Varanasi and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state, north central India. 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.