D'Oyly's party in pony cart and palanquin crossing the Damoda River between Angwali and Gumia (Bihar). 10 February 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 his party, in a pony cart and a palanquin, crossing the Damoda River between Angwali and Gumia (Bihar), from an Album of 80 drawings of views in Bengal and Bihar taken between January 1823 and May 1825. The largest group of drawings 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 6 of Sketches of the New Road in a Journey from Calcutta to Gyah' (Calcutta, 1830). D'Oyly wrote, "The Bed of the Dumooda River in the dry season is nearly one continuous sand, through which the water runs in narrow and shallow streams, easily allowing carriages and cattle to cross. In the distance the ground rises and exhibits the Chitroo Pass through which the road runs. The hills immediately across the River are richly wooded, and on entering the Pass, give ample promise of picturesque scenery. The distance from Calcutta is 209 miles."