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Source of the River Jhelum in octagonal tank, Verinag (Kashmir). 1 June 1886

Source of the River Jhelum in octagonal tank, Verinag (Kashmir). 1 June 1886

Artist: Cramer-Roberts, Charles J. (1834-1895)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1886

Shelfmark: WD2164

Item number: 2164

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of the source of the River Jhelum in an octagonal tank at Verinag (Kashmir) by Charles J. Cramer-Roberts (1834-1895), 1 June 1886. Inscribed on the front in water-colour is: 'Kashmir. Vernag. June 1./86. C.J.C.R.'

The spring is situated approximately 80 kilometres from Srinagar at an altitude of 1,876 metres and is believed to be the chief source of the Jhelum River. It was originally enclosed by a circular wall with a circumference of 80 metres. The emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) had the shape changed to the favoured Mughal octagon in 1620. A little further downstream from the tank lie the remains of a Mughal pavilion and baths.

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