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D'OYLEY (Sir Charles)
D'OYLEY (Sir Charles) "View of the North Tower of the Fort of Cossimabad in the District of Ghazipore",  Behar Lithographic Press, c.1820
lithograph view, 6 x 8ΒΌ ins.small creases in corners,
A fine impression, unusually large, from this romantic and eccentric Indian Private Press. Sir Charles D'Oyley, seventh Baronet, was born in India in 1781. After an education in England he returned to India at the age of 16 to a series of public offices, from collector of government customs and town duties at Calcutta, Opium Agent at Behar in 1821 where he started his printing work, and finally a Senior Member of the Board of Customs. He retired on the grounds of ill health to Italy in 1838 and died in 1845. Bishop Heber called him "the best gentleman artist" he ever met with. Lithography, when D'Oyley started his press in 1821, was a relatively modern technique of reproducing drawings. Its advantages were that an illustration could be drawn in crayon directly onto the stone, not leaving the image to be interpreted by an engraver as in other methods of reproduction.

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