North view of the hill of Sravana-Bellagoola

Description

This is a copy of an original sketch by Lieutenant Benjamin Swain Ward, son of Francis Swain Ward (1736–94), a soldier artist in the Madras Army. Benjamin was trained at the Madras Survey School and worked under Colin Mackenzie (1753–1821) during the Mysore Survey of 1799–1810. This view, copied by John Newman in 1810, shows Shravanabelagola in the Indian state of Karnataka. Swain Ward visited the town on 17 August 1806. Shravanabelagola is one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage sites in southern India, dominated by a huge statute of the god Bahubali (seen on top of the hill). Known as the Gommateshwara Statue, it is the largest free-standing sculpture in India. The British Library’s India Office keeps a collection of original military drawings from the Mysore Survey by or attributed to Benjamin Swain Ward.

Full title:
North View of the Hill of Sravana-Bellagoola, 17th August 1806, from an original sketch on the Mysore Survey in 1806 taken by Lieut. Ward
Created:
1810
Format:
Watercolour / View
Creator:
John Newman, Benjamin Swain Ward
Copyright:
© British Library
Usage terms
Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial licence
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
WD 576

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