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A View of Part of the city of Benares, upon the Ganges

A View of Part of the city of Benares, upon the Ganges

Artist: Hodges, William (1744-1797)

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1787

Shelfmark: X307(21)

Item number: plate 21

Length: 33.3

Width: 48

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 21 from William Hodges' 'Select Views in India'. In 1783 Hodges went to Varanasi (also known as Benares). This picture shows some of Varanasi's famous riverside buildings facing the Ganges. The steps of the Panchaganga Ghat lead down to the river. The domed building with tall minarets, rising above it in the background, is Aurangzeb's Mosque, built in the late 17th century.

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