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Village houses seen from the banks of the Ganges, Hajipur (Bihar). 18 March 1824

Village houses seen from the banks of the Ganges, Hajipur (Bihar). 18 March 1824

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

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1824

Shelfmark: WD2060

Item number: f41

Length: 26

Width: 36

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink drawing by Sir Charles D'Oyly (1781-1845) of village houses seen from the banks of the Ganges at Hajipur in Bihar, dated 18th March 1824, from an album of 80 drawings of views in Bengal and Bihar taken between January 1823 and May 1825. This image is one of a group of miscellaneous sketches which were made either at Patna, D'Oyly's headquarters, or at near-by Hajipur in March and October 1824 and May 1825.

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.'

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