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The house of Charles Boddam, Chapra

The house of Charles Boddam, Chapra

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3203

Item number: 3203

Length: 51.5

Width: 69

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the house of Charles Boddam in Chhapra, Bihar, by an anonymous artist working in the Patna/Chapra style, c. 1810. Inscribed on back in ink: 'East view of the house at Chuprah inhabited by Charles Boddam Esqr. from April 1794 to April 1806'.

This drawing shows the house as a bungalow with three flights of steps leading to a verandah with Tuscan columns, two small cupolas, or dovecotes, on the roof and a European couple standing at the door. Charles Boddam went to Bengal in the East India Company's service as a writer in 1780. In May 1793 he was posted to Saran District as Judge of Dewanny Adawlut and Magistrate; he died at Fort William on 13th August 1811.

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