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Inscribed on reverse: 'View of the Grove, & Cluster of Pagodas, in rear of the British Cantonment, on the north side of City of Baroda; celebrated for the number of Suthees performed there'

Inscribed on reverse: 'View of the Grove, & Cluster of Pagodas, in rear of the British Cantonment, on the north side of City of Baroda; celebrated for the number of Suthees performed there'

Artist: Byers, James Broff (1785-1870)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: WD4371

Item number: 4371

Length: 45.6

Width: 29.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour with pen and ink drawing by James Broff Byers of the temples near the British cantonment north of Baroda, dated 1817. Inscribed on reverse: 'View of the Grove, & Cluster of Pagodas, in rear of the British Cantonment, on the north side of City of Baroda; celebrated for the number of Suthees performed there. Sketched on the 2d Decr. 1816. Finished here, 20th Jany. 1817. JBB.' Signed: 'J.B. Bryers 1816.'

Vadodara, formerly known as Baroda, was once the capital of the Gaekwad state of Gujarat. It emerged with the expansion of Maratha power in the 18th century. In the old city there is the Kirti Mandir, the mausoleum of Vadodara's rulers and adjoining the Sursagar Tank there is the Nyaya Mandir, the High Court, built in a mixed Mughal and Gothic style. This drawing depicts the group of temples with curvilinear spires situated north of the city near the Cantonment and Residency.

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