A View of the North End of Chunar Gur(019XZZ000000307U00002000)
Artist: Hodges, William (1744-1797)
Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured
This is plate 2 from William Hodges' book 'Select Views in India'. Chunar' s strategic position made it an important town. The fort, known as Chunargarh, was built on a rocky promontory on the Ganges. It was a Mughal garrison for almost two centuries before it passed into the hands of the Nawabs of Oudh in 1750. After the Battle of Buxar in 1764 the British took control of it. William Hodges and his patron, the Governor General Warren Hastings, sought refuge in Chunargarh on the night of 21 August 1781, after Raja Chait Singh's rebellion against British rule.