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The Old Court House, Calcutta

The Old Court House, Calcutta

Artist: Ward, Francis Swain (1736 - 94)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: X768/2(17)

Item number: 20017

Genre: Print

Plate seventeen from '24 Views in Indostan by William Orme'. The composition is based on a picture by Francis Swine Ward (1736-94) giving a view of the Old Court House inside Fort William, Calcutta. This was the first fortress built by the British after their establishment in Bengal. Francis Blagdon wrote the following about the fort. 'It consists of an indifferent square, with extremely small bastions, which can mount at most but one gun, though the sides are pierced for two. The fort is without a ditch, and is no longer used as a fortification. The ramparts have been converted into gardens, and houses have been built on the bastions, as well as inside of the fort, for the government officers ...'

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