5 October 1999
William Prinsep (1784-1874)
Government House, and the south-west gateway, from the Esplanade, Calcutta
signed and dated 'Wm Prinsep 1815-1835' (on the reverse)
watercolour and scratching out
11.1/8 x 17.3/8 in. (28.2 x 44.2 cm.)
By descent from the artist to the present owner.
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The gateways, based on Robert Adam's archways at Syon House, London, were completed by 1802, when the new Government House was first used for official purposes.
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