Posted on: 11 July 2013

View of Chittagong c.1825

Watercolour by Thomas Prinsep (1800-1830), of a view of Chittagong, in Bangladesh, dated c.1825. This image, from an album compiled with his brother William, shows the washing green, where cloths were laid out to dry in the sun, and is inscribed in the original sketch book: 'Chittagong looking inland'. Thomas was in charge of the surveying of the Sunderbunds; a large area of fresh and saltwater mangrove swamp in Bengal covering sixty to eighty miles and consisting of flat marshy islands covered with dense forests, inhabited by crocodiles and forming the final retreat of the Bengal Tiger. In 1826, after the outbreak of the First Burmese War, he was sent to Chittagong, formerly in East Bengal.

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Thanks, Anjali. I had uploaded this painting on my The Summer of 1930 and identified all the buildings. You can see the Bayzid Bostami Dargah (mazaar) in the foreground with its 3 domes.

RBSI and Anjali Venugopal I had written a note identifying the features in the painting. Here is my note