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Ghoosla Ghat, Benares.

Ghoosla Ghat, Benares.

Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1832

Shelfmark: X751/2(10)

Item number: 751210

Length: 24.3

Width: 31.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 10 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: 'Ghoosla Ghat unites great solidity with a graceful and appropriate elevation: the double arched door...in front of the gate has a very rich effect under the strong shadows of mid-day, giving an artificial magnitude to the entrance, in just proportion to the dimensions in the front. The large extent is unavoidable for the height of the bank; the terrace or roof being merely on a level with the street above'.

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