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'Colgong Rocks. Ganges R'

'Colgong Rocks.  Ganges R'

Artist: White, George Francis (1808-1898)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1830

Shelfmark: WD3781

Item number: 3781

Length: 23.1

Width: 29.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing heightened with white on tinted paper of rocks in the Ganges River at Colcong by George Francis White (1808-1898) between 1825 and 1846. Colcong or Kahalgaon is in the Bhagalpur District of Bihar situated on the south bank of the River Ganges. The last independent king of Bengal, Ghiyas-ud-din Mahmud died here in 1539 after the sack of Gaur. There is a rock hewn temple on this site which is considered holy by Hindus as the river turns to the north here. The temple once contained several fine pieces of sculpture and appears to have been visited by the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsiang.

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