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    Sale 5808

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 157

    Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest (1750-1827)

    City of Benares, from the Ganges

    Price Realised  

    Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest (1750-1827)
    City of Benares, from the Ganges
    pencil and watercolour on paper
    unframed
    7¾ x 11¼in. (19.7 x 28.6cm.)


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    Forrest describes the scene: [The temple on the far right] 'with its two lofty minarets and three noble domes of pure white marble' [was] 'built by the Emperor Aurungzebe on the ruins of an ancient and highly venerated Hindoo pagoda'. He writes of the other buildings: 'one of the smaller Hindoo pagodas may be observed very much out of perpendicular: this is occasioned by the foundation being undermined by the river'

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