'Benares. India. Novr. 1878'
Artist: North, Marianne (1830-1890)
Medium: Oil on paper
Oil painting on paper by Marianne North of Benares on the river Ganges, 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, "One morning I landed at the steep stairs leading up to the Nepaulese pagoda - a building which looked like a bit of Japan, and had a bell and cover of pure gold on its top. It was built on the top of a high platform guarded by towers and turrets. A huge tamarind and some peepul trees were planted round it, making a fine subjetc when seen from below, with boats of all sorts of odd shapes on the river in the foreground, the water being strewn with floating flowers, chiefly yellow ones...We went on past many small Hindu temples covered with elaborate carvings, but very dirty and neglected, to the great mosque which once stood alone on the highest point of the city, a noble monument of fallen greatness, kept in repair by the charity of strangers, as the Hindus seem to have all their own way in their sacred city."