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|Mrs. Hastings' Voyage down the Ganges
Written by Myretta
(1/27/2010 6:03 a.m.)
I do not at all regard Martha's disappointment in the island; she will like it the better in the end. I cannot help thinking and re-thinking of your going to the island so heroically. It puts me in mind of Mrs. Hastings' voyage down the Ganges, and, if we had but a room to retire into to eat our fruit, we would have a picture of it hung there.
I love this little bit out of the letter. The reference is explained in the LeFaye editon thus:
- In 1782 Warren Hastings's wife Marian made a hasty and dangerous voyage down the stormy Ganges, travelling 400 miles in 3 days to nurse him when he had fallen seriously ill. A few years later, Hastings commissioned William Hodges to illustrate this event, and a large canvas known at Mrs. Hastings at the Rocks of Colgong [above] was the result. This, with other Indian scenes by Hodges, was hung in the 'picture room' at Daylsesford.
The idea of this painting apparently amused Jane Austen, as it does me.
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