Sir Gore Ouseley – The Ruins of Pagla Phul Bridge
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Pen and ink, point of brush and grey wash with watercolour on wove paper, signed in sepia ink; Gore Ouseley delt “drew” (lower right). Painted c.1790-1805
Sheet: 30.7 x 45.5 cm.
Window: 29.8 x 43.8 cm.
Mount: 45.1 x 59.2 cm.
This famous bridge was built in the 17th century when Dhaka was a seat of Mughal Government. The area has a hot, damp tropical climate and is flooded periodically by waters from the Bay of Bengal as well as from the yearly monsoon. By the 19th century many of the once-elegant buildings in the city were ruined by the action of both the climate and the resultant wildly luxuriant overgrowth of trees and vegetation which lent them a picturesque look and made them popular subjects for artists and photographers.