A ruined bungalow, perhaps part of the old East India Company's factory, at Jellasore, Balasore district (Orissa)
Artist: Abdullah, Shaikh (fl. 1818-1819)
Watercolour of a ruined bungalow at Jellasore in the Baleshwar district of Orissa, by Shaikh Abdullah (fl. 1818-1819), part of the MacKenzie Collection, dated March 1819. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: 'View of a Bungalow at Jellasore. Shaik Abdalla. March 1819.'
Colin MacKenzie (1754-1821) joined the East India Company as an engineer at the age of 28 and spent the majority of his career in India. He used the salary he earned from his military career as a captain, major and finally a colonel to finance his research into the history and religion of Indian and Javan culture. During his surveys he collected and recorded details concerning every aspect of Indian history, architecture, language, life and religion, resulting in thousands of drawings and copies of inscriptions. Baleshwar was once an important trading centre as it was the site of factories run by the French, Dutch, English and Danish. The first English factory in the district, established by the East India Company, dates to 1634. This drawing is of a ruined bungalow, perhaps part of the old East India Company's factory.