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View of Hardwar, showing the divided Ganges and the islands with the foothills beyond

View of Hardwar, showing the divided Ganges and the islands with the foothills beyond

Artist: Robinson, Edward (c. 1755-1781)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: WD4218

Item number: 4218

Length: 23.5

Width: 38.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink and water-colour drawing of Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh by Edward Robinson (c. 1755-1781) in 1775. Inscribed on the front is: 'A View of Hurdawah, Drawn by G. Robinson Engineer 1775'. The original faint and damaged pencil inscription has been overwritten and the initial changed to a G.

Haridwar, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas is the first major town on the River Ganges at the point where the river flows onto the plains. The town has always been a major pilgrimage site for Hindus as it is seen to be blessed by the trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The Ganges here is quite calm and clear and the many bathing ghats are always full of people performing their ablutions. The main bathing ghat at Haridwar is Hari-ki-Pari which reputedly contains a footprint of Lord Vishnu embedded in a stone.

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