Bungalows on the shore of Lake Mora at Gaya, viewed from the hills
Artist: Jairam Das (fl.1830s)
Watercolour of bungalows on the shore of Lake Mora at Gaya in Bihar, by the Patna artist Jairam Das, c. 1836. Inscribed below in pencil: 'Gyah 1836. Jairam fecit.'.
Jairam Das was an artist who often worked for Sir Charles D'Oyly, the East India Company's Opium Agent stationed at Patna. D'Oyly and his friends ran the Behar Amateur Lithographic Press from 1825-31 and they would often look to Das for assistance. Jairam Das was a gifted artist who could copy previous English works exactly, as well as improvise freely in his own works, as illustrated in this drawing. In this view, Gaya is seen from the hills. Gaya is located 100 km south of Patna, the state capital of Bihar, and is a centre for Hindu pilgrims, mainly associated with the worship of Vishnu.