Calcutta: view taken from the house of Thomas Graham in Chowringhee with Fort William and the Hooghly in the background. January or February 1803
Artist: Salt, Henry (1780-1827)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen-and-ink and wash on proof engraving of a view of Calcutta by Henry Salt (1780-1827) dating from 1803. The drawing is a preparatory work for plate 3 'Calcutta' of his 'Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt' . This view was taken from Thomas Graham's house in Chowringhee with Fort William and the River Hooghly in the background. Viscount Valentia wrote, "Mr Graham resides in Chouringee, in a very excellent house, where I found apartments prepared for me, and for Mr Salt...Chouringee, an entire village of palaces, runs for a considerable length at right angles with it [the Maidan], and altogether, forms the finest view I ever beheld in any city."