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Oil painting - Bathing Scene at a Ghat (probably the Lalita Ghat) on the Ganges at Benares (Varanasi)
  • Bathing Scene at a Ghat (probably the Lalita Ghat) on the Ganges at Benares (Varanasi)
    D'Oyly, Charles Bart.
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Bathing Scene at a Ghat (probably the Lalita Ghat) on the Ganges at Benares (Varanasi)

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Varanasi (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    D'Oyly, Charles Bart. (Sir), born 1781 - died 1845 (painted by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Museum number:

    70-1880

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles D'Oyly was born in Calcutta in 1781 (Kolkata)and after being educated in England returned to India as an East India Company servant. He was a skilled amateur painter and became a key figure in the art scene in eastern India during the 1820s.

Physical description

Bathing scene at a ghat (probably the Lalita ghat) on the Ganges at Benares (Varanasi)

Place of Origin

Varanasi (painted)

Date

ca. 1840 (painted)

Artist/maker

D'Oyly, Charles Bart. (Sir), born 1781 - died 1845 (painted by)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 47.62 cm sight measure, Width: 57.1 cm sight measure

Descriptive line

Bathing scene at a ghat (probably the Lalita ghat) on the Ganges at Benares (Varanasi), by Charles D'Oyly, oil on canvas, ca. 1840, Varanasi

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

p. 239, pl. 55
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.

Labels and date

Charles D’Oyly was George Chinnery’s most enthusiastic pupil and his closest friend. However, unlike Chinnery and his intimate paintings, D’Oyly preferred to convey the grand nature of the scenes he depicted.

D’Oyly was at the centre of the amateur art scene in eastern India for many years. In 1824, he and his circle of amateurs including local Indian artists, held a meeting to establish an art society entitled the United Patna & Gyah Society, or Behar School of Athens ‘for the promotion of the Arts & Sciences, and for the circulation of fun and merriment of all descriptions’. [1/12/2008]

Materials

Oil colour; Canvas

Categories

Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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