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A country boat on the Ganges, Sakrigali (Bihar). 28 September 1803

A country boat on the Ganges, Sakrigali (Bihar). 28 September 1803

Artist: Salt, Henry (1780-1827)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1803

Shelfmark: WD358

Item number: 358

Length: 28.9

Width: 45.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink and water-colour, by Henry Salt (1780-1827), of a country boat on the Ganges at Sakrigali in Bihar, dated 28th September 1803. This drawing is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Sep. 28'; and on the former mount in ink: 'Ganges, Sicalagully.' Viscount Valentia (George Annesley) wrote, "September 28.-The night was damp and unpleasant, with a swell that kept the boat perpetually striking against the shore. By half after five we got off. The current was extremely rapid, and soon carried us round the point of Siceligully, where the river opens into the largest extent I have yet seen. It is three miles wide and about ten coss in length [one coss = two miles]. In this fresh water-sea we were overtaken by a gale of wind from the east, more violent than any we had yet experienced. About one the rain poured down in torrents, which calmed the wind, and rendered the river as smooth as glass; we consequently got on well and pleasantly, for the first time since we, four days ago, came in sight of these hills, which however they may improve the prospect, are almost as difficult to pass at this season as the Cape of Good Hope itself."

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