Art Print, Fort St. William in Bengal by Oliver Hall
Fort St. William in Bengal, Oliver Hall, Oil on Canvas
Print on Art Paper
Print size: 44 x 34 cm / 17.5 x 13.5 inch
Oliver Hall was born in 1869 in London and studied at the Royal College of Art followed by stints at Westminster and Lambeth Schools of Art. This painting depicting Madras of 1754 was painted in England from the photograph of an engraving by James Walthen in 1754.
This painting of Fort St. William in Bengal was painted from a photograph of an etching by Van Ryne in 1754. With Fort St. William in distant background, the horizontal spread of this painting shows the Hoogly river flowing in the foreground with few sailing ships. Almost encircling it, Hoogly forms an informal boundary of the colossal fort. According to the 1931 catalogue authored by Sir Evan Cotton, St. Anne’s Church with its squat cupola (after its replacement following the cyclone of 1737) can be seen towards the left side of this composition.
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