An Englishman…sketching in the grounds of an European bungalow on the banks of a river [Bihar]


The drawing is part of an album of eighty views in Bengal and Bihar, produced by Sir Charles D’Oyly between January 1823 and May 1825. The figure in the foreground may be D’Oyly himself, sketching before a river in the gardens of his house at Bankipore, a suburb of Patna. The son of an East India Company official, D’Oyly was born in India and returned to the country in 1798 to work in Kolkata, Dhaka and Patna until 1838.

D’Oyly was a prolific artist, and was tutored for some years by George Chinnery (1774–1852). He set up and ran the Behar Lithographic Press and also formed an amateur art society called 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’. D’Oyly’s drawings were published in London too, in print series like The European in India (1813), Antiquities of Dacca (1830) and Views of Calcutta and its Environs (1848).

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An Englishman seated on a chair, sketching in the grounds of an European bungalow on the Banks of a River [Bihar]
about 1825
Pen and Ink / View
Sir Charles D'Oyly
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