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View of the Barabar Hills from the road between Bela and Jehanabad (Bihar). Englishmen and women in carriages, palanquins and on horseback. 2 January 1825

View of the Barabar Hills from the road between Bela and Jehanabad (Bihar). Englishmen and women in carriages, palanquins and on horseback. 2 January 1825

Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1845)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1825

Shelfmark: WD2060

Item number: f78

Length: 26

Width: 36

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink drawing, by Sir Charles D'Oyly, (1781-1845), of a view of the Barabar Hills from the road between Bela and Jehanabad in Bihar, dated 2nd January 1825, from an album of 80 drawings of views in Bengal and Bihar taken between January 1823 and May 1825. This image is from a group of drawings dated between 18th December 1824 and 2nd January 1825, which were clearly made during a Christmas tour to Gaya when D'Oyly visited his friends George Proctor Beauchamp and Christopher Webb Smith. A few years later D'Oyly and Smith produced two books together; 'Oriental Ornithology' (Behar Lithographic Press, 1829) and 'The Feathered Game of Hindostan' (Calcutta, 1830), with illustrations of birds by Smith and landscapes by D'Oyly.

D'Oyly arrived in India in 1797 and spent his first few years in Calcutta as Assistant to the Registrar of the Court of Appeal. He was Collector of Dacca from 1808-18 and was made Opium Agent at Patna in 1821. Whilst at Dacca he met the artist George Chinnery and became his pupil from 1808-12. D'Oyly was a prolific amateur artist who was greatly admired by the European community. He set up and ran a lithographic press, 'The Behar Lithography', and also formed an amateur art society the 'United Patna and Gaya Society' or 'Behar School of Athens': 'for the promotion of Arts and Sciences and for the circulation of fun and merriment of all descriptions.'

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