View from the ruins of the Fort of Currah, on the River Ganges
Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 21 from the third set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' Kara to the north-west of Allahabad on the river Ganges was an important political centre in mediaeval India, which declined when Akbar moved the centre of provincial government to Allahabad in 1583. A ruined fort and many tombs remain of its former glory. The Daniells were attracted by the picturesque ruins of this gateway, which dominates the composition here, while in the far distance may be seen their pinnace budgerow, their means of transport up and down the rivers, floating on the river Ganges.