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D'Oyly, Charles, Sir
INDIAN SPORTS. [PATNA:] BEHAR AMATEUR LITHOGRAPHIC PRESS, [1828–1829]
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D'Oyly, Charles, Sir
INDIAN SPORTS. [PATNA:] BEHAR AMATEUR LITHOGRAPHIC PRESS, [1828–1829]
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 4,375 USD
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D'Oyly, Charles, Sir
INDIAN SPORTS. [PATNA:] BEHAR AMATEUR LITHOGRAPHIC PRESS, [1828–1829]
Oblong folio (10 3/4 x 15 in.; 273 x 381 mm). Mounted handcolored lithographed title and 12 mounted handcolored lithographed plates after D'Oyly by the Behar Lithographic Press, all on india paper mounted on album leaves. Early twentieth-century half red morocco, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt; extremities quite rubbed, bit stained.
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Provenance

Edward Sands Litchfield (armorial bookplate; Sotheby's, 29 November 2001, lot 40)

Literature

Cf. Abbey, Travel 447; Litchfield 16; Schwerdt I:149

Catalogue Note

A VERY UNCOMMON HANDCOLORED EXAMPLE OF D'OYLY'S SPORTING LITHGRAPHS, comprising the first series title with the second series plates. "D'Oyly seems to have been an amateur artist of some merit. He was also a man of character; though his forbears had a reputation as masters, he seems to have emerged from India, a graveyard then both of men and souls, respected by all. An obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine recalls that a contemporary called  him 'one of the most elegant, gentlemanlike, handsome, and accomplished men of his day'" (Abbey). 

Sir Charles D'Oyley (1781–1845) produced some of the most attractive views of nineteenth-century Calcutta and Cape Town. During a leisurely posting as the opium agent in Patna, D'Oyly studied with the picaresque artist George Chinnery, later founding the United Patna and Gaya Society (the "Behar School of Athens") and the Behar Lithographic Press as fora for his considerable amateur talents.

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