A View of the Fort of Mongheer, upon the banks of the River Ganges.
London, Publish'd 15th Aug.st 1787 by J. Grives, 103 Strand.
Aquatint printed in sepia, platemark 330 x 480mm (13 x 19") very large margins.
The fort in Munger (Monghyr) in the state of Bihar, India, from a drawing made by William Hodges in 1781, soon after it was taken by the British. It was previously an important military outpost for the Mughals, who had substantially extended the 14th century structure. It continued to be important to the British until Indian indpendence in 1947. Plate 29 from Hodges' 'Select Views in India' (1785-8), which he engraved from his own preparatory sketches. Hodges (1744-97) was apprenticed to the great landscape painter Richard Wilson, although his later work adjusted Wilson's classical landscape style to befit the very different landscapes he saw on his travels. In 1772 Hodges travelled as the official artist on Capt. James Cook’s second voyage to the South Pacific, spending three years with the expedition. Returning to England in 1775 Hodges was employed by the Admiralty to paint large-scale works based on sketches he had made, and to supervise engravings based on his illustrations. From 1779 to 1783 Hodges was in India, where Warren Hastings was his patron, and where he made the sketches and studies which resulted in 'Select Views in India'. In 1786 he was elected to the Royal Academy, and in 1793 he published 'Travels in India' which complemented the 'Select Views' with descriptions of India's climate, architecture and history.
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