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Tolly's Nullah [West Bengal, India], around 1837 / [William Prinsep]
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Title:
Tolly's Nullah [West Bengal, India], around 1837 / [William Prinsep]
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Date:
[c1837]
Format:
1 drawing : pencil and ink on paper ; 20.5 x 31 cm.
Inscription:
Unsigned. Titled "Tolly's Nullah" on lower image. Loose page from a sketch book, part of a collection of 31 such drawings.
Subject:
Description:
The artist, William Prinsep, came from a family which served in India for several generations. His father John Prinsep (1746-1830) had been a merchant with the East India Company and traded in indigo and chintz in Calcutta between 1771 and 1778. William lived in Calcutta between 1817-1842, working first with the Calcutta firm of Palmer & Co, before establishing a highly profitable mercantile, banking and agency house with his brother George in 1830.
'Tolly's Nullah' takes it's name from William Tolly who in 1772 de-silted and opened this old channel as a water way connecting the port of Calcutta to the eastern rivers of Bidyadhari and Matla. This water way became a crucial transportation route between Calcutta and the Eastern Bengal regions. It was still navigable as late as 1947.
Provenance:
Caroline Simpson Collection
Source:
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; CSL&RC PIC 2007/4
Rights:
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Material Type:
Picture
Record number:
39817