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N24 The House occupied by Sir Charles D'Oyly at Bhaugulpoor from Mr Clevland's Monument erected to his memory by the Government of Bengal' [sic] 'Septr 1820

N24 The House occupied by Sir Charles D'Oyly at Bhaugulpoor from Mr Clevland's Monument erected to his memory by the Government of Bengal' [sic] 'Septr 1820

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: WD 4404

Item number: f.24

Length: 12.3

Width: 17.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing of a house at Bhagalpur by Sir Charles D'Oyly (1781-1845), September 1820. This is one of 28 water-colours by Charles D'Oyly of a trip along the Bhagirathi and Ganges Rivers, dated August to October 1820. The trip must have been to take up his new appointment as Opium Agent at Patna as a letter to Mrs. Jean Macnabb (Mss Eur F206/19) shows him established at Hajipur opposite Patna by 8th December 1820.

Bhagalpur, situated on the River Ganges in Bihar is the chief town and headquarters of Bhagalpur district. Augustus Cleveland (1755-84) of the Bengal Civil Service was Collector and Judge at Bhagalpur. He organized the Bhagalpur Hill Rangers, an auxiliary force which pacified the Paharia, or hill people, of the Santal Parganahs in the 1780s. Cleveland died at sea on a recuperative voyage to the Cape and his remains were returned to Calcutta for burial in Park Street Cemetery. Two memorials were erected to him in Bhagalpur, one in stone sent by the Court of Directors from England, the other, almost a shrine, built by his native staff and acquaintances. D'Oyly has had difficulty with the foreshortening of the monument and has made it look very squat. He often has problems with proportions and perspective, problems not usually shared by amateur artists with a military training.

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