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A cheetah chasing a deer with huntsmen on horseback and elephant in Barrackpore Park

A cheetah chasing a deer with huntsmen on horseback and elephant in Barrackpore Park

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1802

Shelfmark: WD3958

Item number: 3958

Length: 187

Width: 232

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by Sir Charles D'Oyly (1781-1845), of a cheetah chasing a deer with huntsmen on horseback and elephant, c. 1802. Inscribed on the reverse: 'A Cheeta Hunt in Lord Wellesley's Park at Barrackpore' together with a detailed description of the hunt.

Barakpur is located 14 miles from Calcutta and was originally a permanent barracks. When Marquess Wellesley took over the Commander-in-Chief's residence in 1801, he decided to make improvements to the area. He created a summer residence for future Governor-Generals' and he landscaped the gardens while adding an aviary, a menagerie and a theatre. As a result, Barrackpore Park became a popular place for leisure pursuits, including organised hunts, as seen in this image.

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