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A single storeyed house at Chapra (Bihar).

A single storeyed house at Chapra (Bihar).

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: Add.Or.2660

Item number: 2660

Length: 46.2

Width: 63.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a single-storeyed European house at Chapra in Bihar, by an anonymous artist working in the Patna/Chapra style, c. 1796. Inscribed on the back: 'East View of Chuprah.'

The British residential quarter lay to the east side of Chapra where the civil courts and public offices were situated. This drawing shows a European couple standing at the door to a house, which is standing in a large grassy compound, done in the Patna style of painting, part of the company school. Company painting is a style of miniature painting that developed in the second half of the 18th century in response to the tastes and influences of the British serving with the East India Company. The style first emerged in Murshidabad in West Bengal and subsequently spread to other British centres, the most notable being Patna, Benares (Varanasi), Delhi and Lucknow.

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