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Part of the Interior of the City of Dacca

Part of the Interior of the City of Dacca

Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1845)

Medium: Etching

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: X628(18)

Item number: Plate 18

Genre: Print

This building was ereacted as a way of recording the height of the floodwaters in Dhaka during the monsoon season. It sits in the middle of a pool, surrounded on three sides by a brick terrace, with its fourth side open to a watercourse, or nullah. The pool was used by small boats as a shelter during storms. James Atkinson's descriptive text is sceptical about the accuracy of this "Ganges-ometer". In the foreground are the ruins of a footbridge.

This etching is taken from plate 18 of Charles D'Oyly's 'Antiquites of Dacca'.

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