A EAST INDIAN COMPANY SCHOOL PAINTING the bridge between Trichinopoly and Srirangram

A EAST INDIAN COMPANY SCHOOL PAINTING the bridge between Trichinopoly and Srirangram

1840 India

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A gouache on paper scene of a the bridge between Trichinopoly and Srirangram in the Madras Presidency of British India, the distinctive Nayaka fort of Trichinopoly is seen in the distance. The Indian artist, who may well have been of the Company School, captures the busy everyday life of the scene with people, wagons and a camel on the bridge, a fisherman on the banks and boats on the water.

Trichinopoly (Tiruchchirappalli) has been an important Hindu centre since before the Chola period and it remained this way until the 17th century, then under the Madurai Nayakas. The town is situated on the Kaveri River and is dominated by a granite rock rising 83 m over the town. On the summit of the rock there is a Nayaka fort, a recent Ganesha temple and halfway up there are two small cave temples built by the Pallavas. Only a fragment of the great Nayaka fort remains, built on a circular plan with a ring of walls. Three kilometres north of the city, on the island of Srirangam, there are the two large Hindu temple complexes: the Ranganatha and Jambukeshvara temples.

This painting shows the fort and a bridge over the Kaveri River.
This picture was probably exhibited as part of the exhibition 'Bengal Palladian and the picturesque' by Eyre and Hobhouse in November '32.
Height 41.00 cm (16.14 inches)
Width 57.50 cm (22.64 inches)
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