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Jami Masjid, Cuttack (Orissa)

Jami Masjid, Cuttack (Orissa)

Artist: Abdullah, Shaikh (fl. 1818-1819) after Newman, John

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1818

Shelfmark: WD684

Item number: 684

Length: 22.6

Width: 38.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by Shaikh Abdullah (fl. 1818-1819), after an original drawing by John Newman, of the Jami' Masjid at Cuttack in Orissa, dated c. 1815-1819. Inscribed on the front in ink: 'View of Jumma Musgeed in Cuttack. Copied by Shaik Abdalla.'

Cuttack is situated on the banks of the Mahanadi and Kathajuri rivers. It was once the capital of the state of Orissa and contains the ruined Barabati Fort, which dates to the 14th century and is of Hindu origin. The Kadam Rasul is the other important monument in the town, a Muslim shrine that contains the Prophet's footprint. Cuttack was an important site for both the Mughal and Maratha administrations before it was annexed by the British. This drawing is done in the Calcutta style.

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