Gate of the Chalis Satun (Hall of Forty Pillars), Ghazipur (U.P.). 25 November 1788
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the gate of the Chalis Satun, the Hall of Forty Pillars at Ghazipur, dated 25 November 1788. Inscribed on the back in ink is: 'Nr 74 Gate of the Chalees Satoon Ghazipoor'; in pencil: 'No.17.' During the seven years spent sketching in India, from 1786 to 1793, Thomas and William Daniell produced a large collection of working drawings that they later used for their aquatints and oil paintings. On their first tour in North India of 1788 to 1791, the artists set up from Calcutta and proceeded up the Ganges by budgerow visiting all the well-known places such as Bhagalpur, Patna and Ghazipur, where the East India Company had its opium factory. Here they drew the picturesque building of the palace, high up on the river bank, with its pleasure-pavilion, the Chalis Satun or Forty-Pillared Hall.