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The Cutwa'ly Gate [Kotwali Darwaza].

The Cutwa'ly Gate [Kotwali Darwaza].

Artist: Creighton, Henry (c.1767 - 1807)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: W3481(4)

Item number: 34814

Length: 10.2

Width: 14.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Coloured aquatint from a painting by Henry Creighton, engraved by Thomas Metland, and dated to 1817. The ruined city of Gaur was surrounded on all sides by numerous darwazas or gates. The Kotwali Darwaza, situated on the north side of the city, is 40 feet high, the arch being 31 feet high and now marks the border to Bangladesh. The name Cutwal means 'Chief officer of the police'. Gaur was the capital of the sultanate of Bengal following its move from the nearby city of Pandua in the mid-fifteenth century. It is from this period that the Kotwali Darwaza dates.

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