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Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, 1733–1810, German, active in Britain (from 1760)

A Dying Hindu Brought to the River Ganges

Former Title(s):

Dying Hindoo brought to the Ganges

A Hindu brought to the Ganges to die, Ghazipur

Additional Title(s):

A Hindu Brought to the Ganges to Die at Ghazipur

Black chalk, red chalk and white chalk on moderately thick, slightly textured, blue laid paper
Sheet: 10 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches (27 x 34.6 cm) and Frame: 15 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches (38.7 x 51.4 x 2.9 cm)

Inscribed in graphite on upper center verso: "[ . . . ] 28 Aug. distance a Hindu brought to the Watter to die| his Daughter officiating the Death benevolent Service - doth| to give him So much Ganges Watter till it Stops his Breath | being given w[. . .] by their Docttors this Man deith Very hard | [d . . .cks] to the River being Weary Long I Saw him Die | Nov 29-88 in Sight of Bazar- Captain Hardaph | B. Zoffany"

Signed on back in graphite: "Zoffany"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
children | death | fort | games | genre subject | Hinduism | landscape | rivers | roots | stone | swing | tree
Associated Places:
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Mildred Archer, India and British Portraiture, 1770-1825, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1979, pp. 164-65, 498, fig. 102, ND 1327 I44 A72 (YCBA)

Hindu brought to the Ganges to die, Illustrated London News, vol. 226, April 30, 1955, p. 785, Available online: Illus. London News Hist. Archive

Pratapaditya Pal, From merchants to emperors, British artists and India, 1757-1930 , Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1986, pp. 110, 112, fig. 105, N8214.5 I5 P25 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Martin Postle, Johan Zoffany, RA : Society Observed, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2011, pp. 154-55, 285, cat. no. 98, fig. 142, NJ18 Z68 + A12 2011 Oversize (YCBA)

Romita Ray, Inscribing Asymmetry, Johan Zoffany's Banyan and 'The Extension of Knowledge' , South Asian Studies, vol. 27, Oxfordshire, September 2011, pp. 188-189, Available online at Art Full Text (H.W Wilson)

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of fine eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings and paintings : 20 March 1963, Sotheby's, London, March 20, 1963, p. 4, lot 6, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

Penelope Treadwell, Johan Zoffany : Artist and Adventurer, , Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2009, pp. 382-83, NJ18 Z68 T74 2009 (YCBA)

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 1733-1810, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1976, p. 90, no. 127, NJ18 Z68 W43 (YCBA)

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 1733-1810, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2011, pp. 532, 540, 544, figs. 400 & 410, NJ18 Z68 W43 2011 + (YCBA)

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