The river front at Benares looking from Ghoosla Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat
Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Pen-and-ink and water-colour drawing of the river front at Benares (Varanasi) looking from Ghoosla Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat by James Prinsep (1799-1840) in 1825. Inscribed on the reverse is: '12 November 1825. View westwards from Ghoosla Ghat. 1. Bisumbhur Pundit's House 2. Sunkuta Ghat 3. Beereswur Ghat 4. Uhila Baee Ka Mundil 5. Rajbulubh Shiwala'. Repeated on the original mount; also 'JP. 12 Nov. 1825 No 13-1.'
This view was lithographed by L. Haghe in Prinsep's 'Benares illustrated', 1st series, in which Prinsep's description states: 'On the right is the house of Punditayun, the widow of Bisumbhur Pundit, a Vakeel or Envoy of Nagpoor'. Prinsep shows the unfinished left bastion now known as the Ganga Mahal. In the centre is the temple built by 'Ghuna Baee, a Marhatta lady, in honour of the Goddess Shunkuta Debee' on the Sankata Ghat. Beyond is Biresvar Ghat, the original name for Sindhia's Ghat, begun in 1829, and then two of Ahalya Bhai's temples on the Manikarnika Ghat. Rajbuluhbh Shiwala is unclear, it may mean a third Ahalya Bhai temple, as she is credited with three in 'Benares illustrated'.