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'Benares. India. October 23d 1878'

'Benares.  India.  October 23d 1878'

Artist: North, Marianne (1830-1890)

Medium: Oil on paper

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: WD3230

Item number: 3230

Length: 29

Width: 50.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Oil painting on paper by Marianne North of Benares, dated 23rd October 1878. Marianne North visited India in 1877-79 and completed over 200 paintings whilst there.

In her autobiography, 'Recollections of a happy life' of 1892, she wrote, "I...went every morning to sketch on the river, where there was such a picturesqueness that the attempt to paint and reproduce it almost drove me to despair. Sitting in a boat anchored by a rope or a stone, with a fidgety man holding an umbrella between me and the cloudless morning sun, is not a comfortable mode of painting. After two days work I began to hope the first sketch might give an idea of the thing... and I began another with the Nepaulese pagoda in it, and some of the sliding temples, which had come down the hill quicker than they intended. There were large palaces half buried in the river, and all out of the perpendicular, which had dropped down bodily from the treacherous banks above, greatly adding to the picturesqueness; and on those fragments pilgrims had perched themselves."

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