Christopher Webb Smith's house on the lake at Gaya, Bihar
Watercolour of Christopher Webb Smith's house on the lake at Gaya in Bihar, by an anonymous artist, part of the Archer Collection, c.1824-30.
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. This image, showing a yacht race in progress, is done in the Company painting style. 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.