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A View of the Fort of Mongheer, upon the banks of the River Ganges

A View of the Fort of Mongheer, upon the banks of the River Ganges

Artist: Hodges, William (1744-1797)

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1787

Shelfmark: X307(29)

Item number: plate 29

Length: 33.3

Width: 48

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 29 from William Hodges' book, 'Select Views in India'. Hodges went to Monghyr in 1781 to draw the fort, which was uder British control at that time. Monghyr was a place of considerable importance for the British in Bengal. It was previously an important military outpost for the Mughals, and the fort had been substantially extended by them. The fort is an impressive structure with three gates, one of which had been a strong fortification with square towers, with a deep ditch to protect the landward approach.

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