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A four-arched bridge spanning a narrow river, Sirhind, men fishing and washing clothes. To the right are ruins of an earlier bridge. An army officer sits sketching on the river bank

A four-arched bridge spanning a narrow river, Sirhind, men fishing and washing clothes.  To the right are ruins of an earlier bridge.  An army officer sits sketching on the river bank

Artist: Forrest, Charles Ramus (d. 1827)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: WD4324

Item number: 4324

Length: 28.5

Width: 44.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing by Charles Ramus Forrest (d.1827) of a four-arched bridge spanning a narrow river at Sirhind in the Punjab, c. 1809. The image is inscribed: 'Ruins of a Bridge at Sirhind 7th Feby. 1809, about 1600 Miles above Calcutta. C.R.F.'

This drawing shows the ruins of an earlier bridge on the right, which may relate to one of the irrigation canals built by Firoz Shah III in 1357, with men fishing and washing clothes and a seated army officer sketching on the river bank. Forrest wrote in 'A picturesque tour along the rivers Ganges and Jumna in India'(1824): "Our camp...was in front of the ancient city of Sirhind, once so famous for its commerce and manufacturers of silks, and whence silk was first brought to Europe...I rode through its ruins, which are very extensive...The Army moved from Sirhind, and, preceeded by a strong advanced corps, arrived after two marches within about eighteen miles of the Sutlooj river, the first and most easterly of the five which form the Punjab. Our advance was in position on its left bank."

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