f.5 Temple on river, Poona. 'Pagoda at Poona.'
Artist: Johnson, John (c.1769-1846)
Water-colour painting of a temple by the side of the river at Pune by John Johnson (c.1769-1846) dating to between circa 1795 and 1801. This image is from a sketch-book of 36 drawings (36 folios) depicting scenes chiefly in West India and Mysore, circa 1795-1801.
Pune is situated near to the Western Ghats in Maharashtra at the confluence of the Mutha and Mula rivers. The city prospered during the early medieval period due to its strategic position on trade routes between the Deccan and the Arabian Sea. Pune was the capital of the Marathas in the 16th century until their deposition by the Brahmin Peshwa family who ruled Maharashtra for more than a century until 1818. The Peshwas were renowned patrons of the arts and in their time enriched the city with temples, gardens and educational institutions.