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Temple and thatched hut.

Temple and thatched hut.

Artist: Phillips, Joseph Scott (1812-1884)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1833

Shelfmark: WD 4163

Item number: 16

Length: 18

Width: 27.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing of a temple and hut by Joseph Scott Phillips (1812-1884), dated 29th April 1833. This is from an album of drawings (46 folios) made in 1833 while Phillips was a supernumerary Second-Lieutenant at Dum Dum. They are mostly views, some covering a trip through the Sunderbans to Dacca, in pencil or water-colour, with a few removed, leaving inscriptions. Inscribed on the reverse of this drawing is: 'Establishment of Hindoo Fakirs on the course at Dacca, April 29th, 33. J.S.P. Cold evening after rain. These fellows worship their idols at least 3 times a day with an huge sounding of tomtoms and shrieking of conches. They offer various flowers & fruits with significant gestures & light various small lamps every night on small tombs within their compound. (These tombs are in honour of different saints etc)', with further notes.

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