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Modern habitations at Dacca

Modern habitations at Dacca

Artist: Chinnery, George (1774-1852)

Medium: Etching

Date: 1823

Shelfmark: X628(5)

Item number: Plate 5

Genre: Print

Charles D'Oyly was Collector of Dhaka from 1808 to 1812. His friend and mentor, the artist George Chinnery, stayed with him there for three years. Chinnery composed some 50 views of the ruins of Dhaka, but these were never published. D'Oyly produced his own series of drawings, which were heavily influenced by Chinnery.

Military surgeon James Atkinson described this image as, "Another vignette ... from the tasteful pencil of Mr. Chinnery, wherein two or three cottages are seen at a distance across part of the river. The one in the fore-ground is that of a poor muslin weaver, formed of bamboo, mud, and matting thatched with straw: his umbrella and a few of his domestic culinary utensils, are lying about, and at the right hand corner is part of a loom".

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