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D'Oyly, Charles, Sir
SKETCHES OF THE NEW ROAD IN A JOURNEY FROM CALCUTTA TO GYAH. CALCUTTA: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED AT THE ASIATIC LITHOGRAPHIC COMPANY’S PRESS, 1830
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6,0008,000
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D'Oyly, Charles, Sir
SKETCHES OF THE NEW ROAD IN A JOURNEY FROM CALCUTTA TO GYAH. CALCUTTA: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED AT THE ASIATIC LITHOGRAPHIC COMPANY’S PRESS, 1830
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 5,250 USD
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D'Oyly, Charles, Sir
SKETCHES OF THE NEW ROAD IN A JOURNEY FROM CALCUTTA TO GYAH. CALCUTTA: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED AT THE ASIATIC LITHOGRAPHIC COMPANY’S PRESS, 1830
Oblong folio (9 3/8 x 11 1/4 in.; 237 x 285 mm). Lithographed title-page and 22 lightly tinted lithographed plates after and by D'Oyly on india paper mounted on larger leaves with lithographed captions and imprints, each plate accompanied by a facing leaf with lithographed text on the verso; a bit of dampstaining at lower fore-edge corner occasionally touching a plate, lower fore-edge corner of one mounting sheet torn away, some minor marginal soiling or fraying. Publisher's brown wrappers, front wrapper lithographed with the title-page stone; soiled and chipped, spine perished. Half red morocco folding-case, chemise.
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Provenance

Hastings Hadley D'Oyly (gift? inscription on title-page)

Literature

Abbey, Travel 455; cf. Jeremiah P. Lostly, "Sir Charles D'Oyly's Lithographic Press and his Indian Assistants," in Rohatgi and Godrej, India: A Pageant of Prints, pp. 135–160

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION. These fine plates, focused on the landscape and monuments of India, reflect D'Oyly's maturation as an artist. Unlike much of his work at the Behar Lithographic Press, each of these lithographs is signed "Drawn on Stone by Sir C. D'Oyly Bart." "During 1827 and 1828, D'Oyly had been drawing on stone, a series of views taken from his pen and ink drawings of the road which has recently been laid betwen Calcutta and Gaya and these were eventually published by Thomas Black. … This does not necessarily indicate that D'Oyly had by 1830 grown tired of the Patna Press," but rather that he had the finished stones sent down the river to Calcutta for printing and the addition of the title-page and text by Black's Asiatic Lithographic Press (Lostly). RARE: only three copies are recorded in the Anglo-American auction records, none since 2005 and no other in the original wrappers since 1981.

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