London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
D'OYLY, Charles (1781-1845). 57 mounted lithographed plates after Charles D'Oyly, including a duplicate, one hand-coloured, from the Behar Amateur Lithographic Press, Patna, and T. Black's Asiatic Lithographic Press (one plate waterstained, a few light spots ), c.1830. Oblong 4° (228 x 280mm). Contained in a contemporary red half roan album, gilt spine (corners rubbed). Provenance: Flora Anne Gilbert, Exeter 1843 (signature on front free endpaper); "Very early lithographic drawings 1826-1829 ... 1823" (inscription).
A fascinating glimpse at pre-Mutiny India with D' Oyly's plates illustrating scenery, a little natural history, sports (tiger-hunting, pig-sticking and fishing), local customs, including suttee, festivals and entertainments and portraits, native and European.
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