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A View of the Corner Pillars of a Temple or Choultry in Hindostan

John Wilkes, of Milland House1810/1829

Library of Virginia

Library of Virginia

A choultry is a resting place for visitors where rooms and food are provided by a charitable institution for nominal rates. Some were guesthouses where accommodation was free of charge. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choultry)

In this engraving by J. Chapman, the figures appear to be in motion as they are set in gold relief against a stark black background.

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