5 October 1999
Thomas Prinsep (1800-1830)
The Esplanade at Calcutta, with Esplanade Row beyond
signed with initials 'TP' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of gum arabic
8 x 12 in. (21.6 x 31.7 cm.)
with Colnaghi, London.
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London, Colnaghi, Thomas Prinsep (1800-1830) Drawings received from Calcutta, March 1988, no. 5 (front cover).
The Espalanade was formed out of the jungle surrounding the Fort, extending towards a new road called Espalanade Row. The whole area was cleared and levelled to form a great esplanade and building on the land was prohibited.
Thomas Prinsep was a younger brother of William. He arrived in Calcutta in 1821 and worked as a surveyor with the Bengal Engineers until his tragic death in 1820 when he fell from a horse.
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