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Entablature and soffit of the corona to the proposed mausoleum of Lord Cornwallis in Ghazipur

Entablature and soffit of the corona to the proposed mausoleum of Lord Cornwallis in Ghazipur

Draughtsman: Fraser, Thomas (1776-1823)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1805

Shelfmark: WD523

Item number: 523

Length: 57.6

Width: 42.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Pen-and-ink and wash design of the entablature and soffit of the corona to the proposed mausoleum of Lord Cornwallis by Thomas Fraser (1776-1823), c.1805. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'No. 3. T. Fraser. Supg Engr. Entablature. Soffit of the Corona.'

Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805) enjoyed an illustrious military and political career. Notably, he served during the American Revolution with the rank of Major General. From 1786 until 1793 he acted as Governor-General and Commander in Chief in India and is credited with laying the administrative foundation of British rule in India. He also personally led campaigns in the Third Mysore War for which he was created Marquis Cornwallis in 1792. Appointed to the Cabinet in 1795, Cornwallis subsequently served as Viceroy of Ireland in 1798, before returning to India as Governor-General at the age of 67. He died shortly afterwards at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh of a fever on 5 October 1805. The monument, which is similar to the famous mausoleum at Castle Howard in Yorkshire designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, was erected near to the River Ganges.

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