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Mosque, Monghyr (Bihar). View from the river with country boats and budgerow in foreground.

Mosque, Monghyr (Bihar). View from the river with country boats and budgerow in foreground.

Artist: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: WD2091

Item number: 2091

Length: 18.6

Width: 29.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Watercolour of a view from the river of the mosque in Monghyr by Robert Smith (1787-1873) betwen 1814 and 1815. Inscribed on the mount in pencil is: 'Mosque at Monghar.' On the reverse (not by Smith) is: 'Gentoo temple at Monghyr.'

Monghyr is situated on the south bank of the Ganges River in Bihar. From the rule of Akbar in the late 16th century, Monghyr was controlled by the Mughal Emperors. However, Monghyr was also occupied by Mir Qasim, the Nawab of Bengal, during his conflict with the English in the second half of the 18th century. The small sailing ship on the right of the watercolour is a 'budgerow'. These vessels had a long cabin running the length of the boat from the foremast to the stern, which could be divided into separate sections with the aid of partitions. The mosque in this view is made up of a large domed structure surrounded by a high outer wall with domed corner towers.

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