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Prome, from the South Heights

Prome, from the South Heights

Engraver: Daniell, William (1769-1837)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1831

Shelfmark: X746(5)

Item number: plate 5

Genre: Print

This aquatint was made from plate 5 of 'Views in the Burman Empire' by Captain James Kershaw. In 1824, the British expeditionary force advanced into Prome, situated on the Irrawaddy river. Kershaw wrote: "it is distant from Rangoon about two hundred and fifty miles, and is built on the left bank of the river, guarded from the southward by a range of steep hills, which were judiciously protected by field works, and if properly defended, might have rendered more difficult the capture of Prome. On these heights the British force was stationed during the stay of the army at this place, and from this point the view is extensive and highly picturesque; embracing the stockade which surrounds the town, a full command of the noble Irrawaddy, ... and the 'Shoe Sandow Prah', or Great Pagoda of Prome, which stand in size and beauty unrivalled in the crest of a richly variegated woody hill."

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