Ulee Bunder. Hindoo Nach Girl.
Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)
Plate 7 from the first part of James Prinsep's 'Benares Illustrated'. Prinsep (1799-1840), an antiquary and colonial administrator, was assay master at the Benares Mint between 1820 and 1830. The lithographs published in this collection were based on his original sketches of the various views of the 'holy' city of the Hindus. Of this plate he writes: '"Without the aid of colour it is scarcely possible to characterise properly the drapery of the damsels who are delineated from life in this sketch. Their trousers are of coloured solk- the full petticoat of striped muslin, with silver or gold embroidery; and the do-putta or folded sarf is of stiff crape, with silver brocade border...".