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Mosque of Syuff Khan, Dacca

Mosque of Syuff Khan, Dacca

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

Medium: Etching

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: X628(19)

Item number: Plate 19

Genre: Print

This building in Dhaka was originally designed as a Hindu temple, but was continued and completed as a mosque. It was built to have three domes, but the roof fell in during the rainy season of 1811. James Atkinson commented: "In the climate of Dacca ... vegetation is rapid and abundant. If a bird drop a seed, or the wind waft one where it may find permanent lodgement among the chinks of a building it presently puts forth fibres which soon become roots and branches, clinging among the stucco and fissures, and finding nourishment, as it were, in the midst of sterility - the Mosque of Syuff Khan has thus been o'ercanopied with the foliage of the banian."

This etching was taken from plate 19 of Charles D'Oyly's 'Antiquities of Dacca', for which Atkinson wrote the accompanying text.

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