River scene with European bungalows and pinnace, Bhagalpur (Bihar). c. 1790
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Oval pencil drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of a river scene with European bungalows and a pinnace at Bhagalpur in Bihar, dated c.1790. Inscribed on back in ink: 'Bhagalpore Nulla.'
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 - where their friend, the artist Samuel Davis was posted - Patna, Ghazipur, Benares and Allahabad. From Cownpore they proceded by palanquin to Agra, Mathura and Delhi and visited the pilgrimage place of Hardwar. They were the first Europeans to reach the Himalayas. On their return they travelled by boat from Patna to Bhagalpur, where they stayed at their friend Samuel Davis's house in Bhagalpur for more than a year. From there the artists made short expeditions to the nearest places of interest.