The Dhunsar in the city of Kathmandoo. March 1857
Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)
Watercolour of the Dhunsar at Kathmandu in Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), dated March 1857. The image is inscribed on the reverse: 'The Dhunsar in the city of Kathmandoo. March 1857'.
The artist, Dr Oldfield, was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu from 1850-1863, and wrote in 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880), "Near the south-western angle of the darbar is the little square now used as a fruit market, which is called Kathmandu Tol. The old building, Kathmandu, from which the city derives its name, is situated on its northern side; the old Dhunsar court of law, now deserted and in ruin, on its eastern; some fakir's houses on its south, and some old and half-ruined temples on its west. It is one of the most curious and characteristic places in the whole of the city."