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Mosque on the Booragunga branch of the Ganges

Mosque on the Booragunga branch of the Ganges

Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1852)

Medium: Etching

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: X628(17)

Item number: Plate 17

Genre: Print

Military surgeon James Atkinson wrote that this Dhaka mosque on the Buriganga reminded him of buildings in Vencice, as it "rises immediately from the margin of the river, with an effect at once stately and picturesque. Its neglected domes and arches are now shattered by accidents, and crumbling to decay; yet in the general proportions and character of its architecture, the principles of elegance and simplicity appears to be combined ... Time and vegetation, and storms and sunshine, have not only tinted it with rich variety, but so tempered the vividness of its hues, that a cool solemnity , suited to religious musing, still appears to prevail here."

This etching is taken from plate 17 of Charles D'Oyly's 'Antiquities of Dacca', for which Atkinson wrote the accompanying text.

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