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North End Chunar Gur India aquatint William Hodges

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A View of the North End of Chunar Gur


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Original antique topographical print


Hodges description is as follows: View of the North End of the Fort of Chunar Gur - The Fort of Chunar is situated upon the River Ganges, about sixteen Miles above the City of Benares. It is built on a Rock, which is fortified all round by a Wall, and Sides of the River, and being of considerable Height. It was besieged by the English in the War which they carried on against the Nabob Sujah Dowlah in 1764 and 1765, and was gallantly defended by its Commandant, an Abyssinian in the Service of that Prince. The first Attempt was unsuccessful; but afterwards, on the Fall of Allahabad, the Commandant, finding that the whole Country had submitted to the English, and that his Master's Affairs were desperate, thought it needless to hold out any longer; and he accordingly, on the 7th of February, 1765, surrendered the Fort to Major Stibbert. It was afterwards restored to the Vizier Sujah Ul Dowlah when Peace was settled with that Prince; and in 1772 it was formally ceded by him to the English East-India Company in Exchange for the Fort of Allahabad. Here is kept the Magazine of Ammunition and Artillery for the Brigade of Cawnpore, and for the Troops employed in the Defence of the Frontiers of the present Nabob Vizier Asoph Ul Dowlah. A new Citadel has lately been built at the South End.' CONDITION: Very good, some faint spotting outside platemark in lower margin. Mounted with conservation museum board and backing.

Additional Information

artist William Hodges RA
method Aquatint
date 1785
size 420mm by 560mm (sheet)