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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

# 63 & 64: On the river Hooghly: 2 quick sketches!

We were on a ferry, a few days ago,  sailing up and down river on the Hooghly. For those of you who may not know Kolkata, its the river that flows through the city! It is one of the few tidal rivers in India, and connects with the sea at Diamond Harbour. These are a couple of quick sketches:
The Howrah Bridge as we approached it and finally sailed under it! It was difficult sketching as the perspective kept changing as we came closer to it.  The span of the river and the bridge is much wider than I have actually managed to depict it! I used some light washes but the main sketching was done with  a pen!
There is so much history on the banks of this river, to think the British first sailed up this river when they landed  in Eastern India all those hundreds of years ago, and arrived in Kolkata which was just a set of villages then....We've come a long way from there, and Kolkata is a huge bustling Metro, but the tragedy is that no one has really done much to preserve the history, and as we sailed down river we came across these old building and houses, so strategically located with a wonderful access to the river, but neglected and uncared for now... 


Mermaid's Palette said...

I love this sketch and the story that goes with it!

Kelly said...

...I bet it would be hard to capture perspective in a moving boat. Great job... Love the reflections in the second sketch.

Elva Paulson said...

Brinda, your old building looks so intreguing. I love its glow and the reflection on the river.
Your history is wonderful too.