Crossing the Adilban River on the road between Chandakkiari and Chas (Bihar), with pony carriage, palanquin, elephant, bullock cart and attendants. 7 February 1823
Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1845)
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
Pen and ink drawing, by Sir Charles D'Oyly (1781-1845), of the Adilban River on the road between Chandakkiari and Chas (Bihar), dated 7th February 1823, from an Album of 80 drawings of views in Bengal and Bihar taken between January 1823 and May 1825. The largest group 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 image is the original drawing for plate 5 of 'Sketches of the New Road in a Journey from Calcutta to Gyah' (Calcutta, 1830). D'Oyly wrote, "The new Road is, at this place, intersected by a mountain stream, which runs through a rocky bed, and which swelled by a heavy fall of rain, forms a precipitous torrent which, like many similar ones, creates serious impediments in the progress of the Dawks. Its distance from Calcutta is 180 miles."