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'Veerawull, Kattywar. October 1865'.

'Veerawull, Kattywar. October 1865'.

Artist: Lester, John Frederick (1825-1915)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: WD3549

Item number: 1

Length: 26

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of Veraval in Kathiawar by John Frederick Lester (1825-1915) in February 1866. This image is from an album of 30 watercolours made between 1865 and 1877 in Kathiawar, Bombay, Poona, Mahabaleshwar and Savantvadi State. The album cover is lettered in gold with the word: 'Sketches' and inscribed inside cover: 'J.F. Lester'.

Kathiawar is a peninsula in Gujarat state, west-central India. It is bounded to the north by the great wetland of Rann of Kutch, to the west by the Gulf of Kutch and to the south by the Arabian Sea. The area has a rich heritage of Hindu and Jain buildings and from the 15th century European Colonial nations established factories and trading bases around the coast. Kathiawar was never absorbed into the British Empire but was fragmented into over 200 petty states ruled by princelings. Upon Independence in 1947 the princely states of Kathiawar were grouped together to form Saurashtra. Veraval was once the major seaport for pilgrims to Mecca and is now a major fishing port.

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