An Englishman seated on a chair sketching in the grounds of a European bungalow on the banks of a river. (Bihar). c.1825
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 an Englishman seated on a chair sketching in the grounds of a European bungalow on the banks of a river in Bihar, dated c.1825, from an Album of 80 drawings of views in Bengal and Bihar taken between January 1823 and May 1825. This image is possibly a self-portrait of Sir Charles in the garden of his house at Bankipore, a suburb of Patna, and comes from a group of drawings made either at Patna, D'Oyly's headquarters, or at near-by Hajipur in March and October 1824 and May 1825.
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.'