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Shivala Ghat, Benares (U.P.), with the Daniells' budgerow and a morpunkhi on the river. Original sketch taken 17 or 22 November 1789.

Shivala Ghat, Benares (U.P.), with the Daniells' budgerow and a morpunkhi on the river. Original sketch taken 17 or 22 November 1789.

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: WD1295

Item number: 1295

Length: 47.5

Width: 70.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of Shivala Ghat at Benares (now known as Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh with the Daniells' budgerow and a 'morpunkhi' on the river by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell in 1789. The original sketch was taken 17 or 22 November 1789, by William Daniell. Inscribed on the front in water-colour is: 'Shuwallah-Gaut, Bernares.'

Shivala Ghat also known as Kali Ghat is privately owned by the ex-ruler of Varanasi. Shivala, the fortress of Chet Singh, a representative of the Nawab of Oudh, stands behind the ghat. The fort (the old palace of the Maharajas) is where the British imprisoned Chet Singh in 1781 but he escaped by climbing down to the river from a small window on the north wall aided by his followers who fashioned a rope out of their turbans.

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