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A ruined temple at Kishanpur (Orissa). 31 July 1819

A ruined temple at Kishanpur (Orissa). 31 July 1819

Artist: Pyari Lal (fl. 1819-1824)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1819

Shelfmark: WD685

Item number: 685

Length: 20.1

Width: 30.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of a ruined temple at Kishanpur in Orissa, by Pyari Lal working in the Calcutta style, part of the MacKenzie Collection, dated 31 July 1819. lnscribed on front in ink: 'View of the Luckeydunnathum at Kissenpoor. 8th March, 1815. Copd by Pearelaul. 31st July 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. This drawing depicts a temple typical of Eastern India. The architectural style is influenced by Bengali architecture, seen in the sloping curvilinear roof. The verandah in front has three arched doorways positioned between two pillars. The exterior of the temple is decorated with elaborately carved terracotta tiles.

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