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  • Painting
    De Fabeck, Frederick William Alexander, born 1830 - died 1912
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  • Place of origin:

    Dhaka (made)

  • Date:

    1861 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    De Fabeck, Frederick William Alexander, born 1830 - died 1912 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Laura de Fabeck

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The brothers Frederick William Alexander de Fabeck (1830-1912) and William Frederick de Fabeck (1834-1906) were both employed in the Indian Medical Service. Frederick William was born on 15 September 1830 and studied in Paris. He became a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, in 1858, the year in which he was appointed Assistant Surgeon in the Bengal Service. He died in Alassio, Italy, on 5 May 1912. William Frederick became Assistant Surgeon in the Madras Service in 1857, Surgeon in 1869, Surgeon Major in 1873, and Brigade Surgeon in 1882. His sketches, mainly of architectural details, were probably made when he was posted to Jaipur as a teacher at the School of Art (1869-7?); he later became Director. He also prepared plans for the 1883 Jaipur Exhibition. He served in the Crimea (1954-5) and was at the siege and capture of Sebastopol. He died in London on 18 January 1906. This painting is by the elder brother, Frederick William, and shows a view of the city of Dacca in Bengal as seen from the River Buriganga.

Physical description

Painting, watercolour and pencil on paper, depicting a view of the river Burhi Ganga.

Place of Origin

Dhaka (made)


1861 (made)


De Fabeck, Frederick William Alexander, born 1830 - died 1912 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Dacca 22 May/61'
Written on object by artist


Height: 152 mm, Width: 239 mm

Descriptive line

Painting, view of the river Burhi Ganga, by F. W. A. De Fabeck, watercolour and pencil on paper, Dhaka, 1861

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 336, pl. 54
Rohatgi P. and Parlett G., assisted by Imray S. and Godrej P. Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists: Paintings and Drawings from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 17th to the early 20th century. Published by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, in association with V&A, London, 2008. ISBN 81-901020-9-5.


Paint; Water-colour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Boats; River


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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