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A map of Gour [Gaur], 1801.

A map of Gour [Gaur], 1801.

Artist: Fisher, Thomas (1782-1836)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: W3481(19)

Item number: 348119

Length: 35

Width: 74

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Coloured aquatint by Thomas Fisher dating to 1811 entitled 'The Ruins of Gour'. The old city of Gaur covered an extensive area of over 20 square miles. Its limits can be traced via the old embankments, which are 7.5 miles from north to south, and 1 to 2 miles from east to west. To the east a double line of huge embankments protected the city from erosion by the Ganges, which has now receded many miles. The Kotwali Darwaza, in the southern sector of the city, is the modern-day border with Bangladesh. The city of Gaur has an extensive history. The buildings that survive today date to its prominence as capital of the sultanate of Bengal following the move from the nearby city of Pandua in the mid-fifteenth century.

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