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View Of The Ganges, From The Phatuk or Gate at the top of Punchgunga Ghat.

View Of The Ganges, From The Phatuk or Gate at the top of Punchgunga Ghat.

Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1832

Shelfmark: X751/2(1)

Item number: 75121

Length: 31

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 1 from the second part of James Prinsep's 'Benares Illustrated'. Prinsep (1799-1840), an antiquary and colonial administrator was assay master at the Benares Mint between 1820-30. 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 view he writes: 'In the corner of a cul-de-sac to the north-west of the minarets is a small phatuk, or gate, opening upon a steep flight of steps, at the foot of which extends the ghat of Punchgunga (the five rivers) where a considerable fair is held during the month of Kartik (Oct.-Nov.). On the opposite side of the river is just visible the commencement of the road to Calcutta'.

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