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View Of The Gyan Bapee Well, Benares.

View Of The Gyan Bapee Well, Benares.

Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1834

Shelfmark: X751/3(6)

Item number: 75136

Length: 22.5

Width: 31

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 6 from the third 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 plate he writes: 'This spot is rendered more sacred in the eyes of the Hindoos from the fact of the lingum of the original temple of Vishveshwur having, upon its demolition by the Emperor Aurangzebe, spontaneously cast itself, as it is believed, into the Well...The vice and flowers were formerly thrown into the Well, but they rendered the water so putrid that a defence of plank has been since put up to prevent it'.

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