Carriages being repaired on the road through the Kathkamsandi Pass (Bihar). 15 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 a view on the road through the Kathkamsandi Pass in Bihar, from an Album of 80 drawings of views in Bengal and Bihar taken between January 1823 and May 1825. The largest group (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 drawing for plate 10 of 'Sketches of the New Road in a Journey from Calcutta to Gyah' (Calcutta, 1830). D'Oyly wrote, "Hazareebaugh which is the next stage is situated on a flat table land of considerable extent which is gained by a gradual ascent to the top, but in itself owns no temptation to the pencil of an artist. The country about Hazareebaugh is a dead flat, and not until you travel about 10 miles beyond it, do you again behold picturesque scenery. Arrived, however at the Kutcumsundee Pass, the descent from the Table land; - one of the finest and most extensive prospects, at once gratifies the eye. From the summit is observed a low green beautifully dotted valley, from which to the right gradually rise Hills covered with rich foliage, and the horizon is bounded by a range of Hills, varying in their tones by recession, till they are lost in haze. From this spot there is but one descent, in some places steep and in others of more gentle declivity and when the Valley is reached and the eye is turned back to the pass, which has been left, the view is scarcely less striking. Distance from Calcutta 270 miles."