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The Hastings' party's encampment outside Hansi

The Hastings' party's encampment outside Hansi

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4797

Item number: 4797

Length: 40.9

Width: 60.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Lord Moira's encampment near Hansi from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Gheen to Delhi Vol. VI' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r.1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his journey from Calcutta to Delhi between 1814-15.

Hansi, located in Haryana,is believed to have been founded by Anang Pal, the Tomar king of Delhi. A famine in 1783 resulted in Hansi being deserted. The city was revived in 1798 by a British adventurer in Haryana called George Thomas and by 1803, the British established a cantonment here.View of the party's encampment outside Hansi, with elephants, carts etc. in the foreground, numerous tents and camels beyond. Inscribed below: 'Lord Moira's Camp at Hansi.'

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