Landscape with tank and trees on the old Circular Road, Calcutta (Bengal). 1861 or 1867
Artist: Baden-Powell, Baden Henry (1841-1901)
Watercolour landscape with tank and trees on the old Circular Road in Calcutta by Baden Henry Baden-Powell (1841-1901) dated either 1861 or 1867. Inscribed on the back in both pencil and ink: 'A View early morning on the old Circular road near Calcutta. B. H. Baden-Powell C.I.E.' and only in ink: '1861 (or 7)'.
Baden-Powell served in the Indian Civil Service from 1861-89, which included time with the Indian Forest Department from 1869-74. He was particularly interested in Indian village life, arts and crafts and published two books on the subject. Calcutta's Circular Road was one of the improvements implemented by Marquis Wellesley on his appointment as Governor-General in 1798. Part of the road followed the Maratha Ditch, a defence that had been dug in 1742.