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A View of the bridge at Jionpoor over the River Goomty(019XZZ000000307U00034000)

A View of the bridge at Jionpoor over the River Goomty(019XZZ000000307U00034000)

Artist: Hodges, William (1744-1797)

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1787

Shelfmark: X307(34)

Item number: plate 34

Length: 33.3

Width: 48

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 34 from William Hodges' book 'Select Views in India'. Located at a crossing point on the river Gomti, Jaunpur was founded by Feroz Shah Tugluq in the 14th century. The massive Akbari Bridge, a remarkable structure with fifteen arches, was built between 1564 and 1568 by Munim Khan, the local governor under Mughal Emperor Akbar. Hodges wrote: "The inoundations have been frequently known to rise even over the bridge insomuch that in the year 1774 a whole brigade of the British forces was passed over it in boats."

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