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View on the Ganges

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Whitehall

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

    The Government Art Collection recognises its responsibility to artists, colleagues and all our audiences to represent the diversity of the UK and to embed anti-racist and equitable practices throughout our work. We are taking action to address inequality in the Collection and its interpretation.

    This picture may represent the property of an English landowner by the side of the river Ganges, on which paddle steamers can be seen in the distance. It previously bore the title ‘View of Malabar Point, Bombay’ and was attributed to the British artist William Havell (1782-1857), who worked in India during the 1820s. The buildings were thought to represent the Governor’s residence at Malabar Point but do not match descriptions of the residence.

    The painting is probably the work of a British artist, who was in India during the 1830s, a date suggested by the presence of paddle steamers. This would make it too late to have been painted by Havell, who left India, after a stay of stay of some six years, in 1826.

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    View on the Ganges
    Oil on canvas
    height: 32.00 cm, width: 41.00 cm
    Purchased from Gooden & Fox, December 1953
    With Gooden & Fox, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in December 1953, as W. Havell ‘View on Ganges‘
    GAC number