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Bridge over the River Biswamintree, near Brodera

Bridge over the River Biswamintree, near Brodera

Artist: Forbes,James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.9

Item number: Plate 87

Length: 15.2

Width: 22.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate eighty-seven from the third volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". In the beginning of 1781 Forbes(1749-1819)accompanied the chief of Bharuch, Robert Gambier on a tour through the various districts of Gujarat. After a halt at Dhaboi they set out for the royal city of Baroda. At Baroda, Forbes especially noted the stone bridge over the river Vishwamitri, 'consisting of two ranges of arches, over each other. He remarked: 'This being the only bridge of any consequence I ever saw in India, I have introduced it as a specimen of those structures. It is built of stone; and during the floods in the rainy season, when the stream frequently rises thirty or forty feet, and rushes with astonishing velocity, through the upper arches, it is of so great use in the provinces, as to render it astonishing it has not been imitated near other principal towns.'

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