Mosque at Borranipore
Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1845)
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
This coloured lithograph is taken from plate 8 of Sir Charles D'Oyly's 'Views of Calcutta and its environs'. D'Oyly was one of the finest amateur artists in Calcutta in the 19th century. Fellow artist William Princep wrote of him in his posthumously published memoirs: "Many were the happy hours all lovers of the brush spent at the hospitable house of Sir Chas D'Oyly, himself an excellent artist, where Chinnery was a frequent and welcome guest."
D'oyly honed his skills as a watercolourist by taking lessons from George Chinnery, a brilliant and eccentric artist who lived in Calcutta from 1807 to 1825. He went on to paint more views of Indian life in the city than any other contemporary artist.