Hindu temple, Jehanabad (Bengal). 26 January 1823
Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1845)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen and ink drawing by Sir Charles D'Oyly (1781-1845), of a Hindu temple at Jehanabad in Bengal, dated 26 January 1823, from an Album of 80 drawings of views in Bengal and Bihar taken between January 1823 and May 1825. The largest group of drawings (ff.2-39) consists of sketches made between 26 January and 27 February 1823 during a journey from Calcutta to Gaya (Bihar) along the 'New Military Road'. This road passed through Manbhum district (Bihar) to Hazaribagh (Bihar) and through the hills to the N.W. to join the present Grand Trunk Road near Sherghati (Gaya district, Bihar). Begun in 1782, it had semaphore signalling towers built along it in the early years of the 19th century.
This is the original sketch for plate 1 of 'Sketches of the New Road in a Journey from Calcutta to Gyah' (Calcutta, 1830). D'Oyly wrote, "Near the village of Jehanabad on the western side of the river Dumooda, and situated at a short distance from the road to the left is the Hindoo Temple, here represented. The Hindoo style of architecture is distinguished by a special dome in the centre of the building and spiral turrets at each corner...The subject of the present sketch is richly ornamented with embossed bricks."