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Circular Road, Calcutta

Circular Road, Calcutta

Artist: Prinsep, Thomas (1800-1830)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1827

Shelfmark: WD4192

Item number: 4192

Length: 23

Width: 33.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Circular Road in Calcutta by Thomas Prinsep (1800-1830), dated c.1827-8. This image is inscribed, 'An unfinished sketch by Tom of the Circular Road; a mosque, a hakuree, a Kuranchee or hackney coach, a police tannah or station for chowkeydars'.

Circular Road was one of the improvements implemented by Marquis Wellesley on his appointment as Governor-General in 1798. Part of the road followed Maratha Ditch, a defence that had been dug in 1742. The Prinsep family served in India for several generations. Thomas Princep was based in Calcutta from 1818 until 1830 when he died after a riding accident. He was in charge of the surveying of a large area of fresh and saltwater mangrove swamp in Bengal known as the Sunderbunds.

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