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Cross section of river bank and bed showing geological strata, water levels and site of proposed drain, Benares

Cross section of river bank and bed showing geological strata, water levels and site of proposed drain, Benares

Draughtsman: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1825

Shelfmark: WD4275

Item number: 4275

Length: 31

Width: 41

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Pen and ink and water-colour plan showing a cross-section of the River Ganges by James Prinsep (1799-1840) between 1822 and 1829. James Prinsep was the seventh son of a Calcutta merchant, John Prinsep. He took up a position as Assistant Assay Master at the Calcutta Mint in 1819 before spending 10 years in Benares as the East India Company’s Assay Master (1820-30), after which time he returned to Calcutta where he served as Deputy Assay Master in the Calcutta Mint, 1832-38. Prinsep was a talented amateur artist and published Benares Illustrated in 1831. He was also a great scholar, interested in chemistry, mineralogy, meteorology, numismastics and antiquities.

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