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View of a Mosque at Raj Mahal, India

Photo credit: Government Art Collection

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William Hodges is thought to have painted this view of the ruined mosque at Raj Mahal in the mid 1780s for Warren Hastings, then Governor General of Bengal. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1787, a year before the commencement of Hastings' impeachment trial. The two men had first met in Calcutta in early 1781, not long after Hodges had arrived in India. Hastings became one of Hodges' most important patrons, providing him with a salary from the East India Company, to which he himself contributed, and purchasing many of his paintings, prints and drawings.

Government Art Collection

London


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 105.5 x W 128 cm

Accession number

16592

Acquisition method

purchased from Morton Morris, 1987

Work type

Painting


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