Village near Naya Serai (Bengal). 7 September 1788
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Water-colour painting of a village near Naya Serai (Bengal) by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell, 7 September 1788. Inscribed on the front of the mount in pencil is: 'Near Nia-serai. Bengal'; and on the back in ink: 'Nr.46. Near Nia-Sirai.'
Thomas Daniell and his nephew William arrived in Calcutta in 1786 and spent the following nine years travelling through virtually unknown parts of India observing and recording with skill and accuracy the diverse scenery and architecture they encountered. William kept a journal which, along with the notes inscribed on their pencil drawings, colour washes, watercolours and oil paintings provided a thorough record of this strange and beautiful country for an eager western audience. When they returned to Britain the Daniells engraved the album of views entitled ‘Oriental Scenery’ for which they are best known. The huts in the village scene depicted in this water-colour have the curved rooves that are typical of Bengali domestic architecture.