Country boats on the wide expanse of the Ganges with a distant view of the Himalayas
Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1845)
Watercolour by Sir Charles D'Oyly (1781-1845) of country boats on the wide expanse of the Ganges at Patna in Bihar, with a distant view of the Himalayas, dated 1822. The image is inscribed: 'C D'Oyly. 19th Septr. 1822. Thibet Hills from Patna.' and is contained in the Hastings Album.
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.'