Calcutta from the River Hoogly: Gentoo Buildings from the Views of Calcutta

Artist: Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) William Daniell (1769-1837)
Historical period(s)
Company School
Aquatint; ink and watercolor on paper
H x W: 43.8 x 55.1 cm (17 1/4 x 21 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Lee and Roy Galloway
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


city, India, river, WWII-era provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Lee and Roy Galloway, Easton, MD, acquired by the donors in India in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Lee and Roy Galloway in 1999


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Galloway


Calcutta's importance was based upon its strategic location on the Hugli (Hoogly) River linking the Bay of Bengal with the north Indian plain. In front of banks lined with the warehouses and homes of Indian (or Gentoo) merchants, the Hugli bustles with river traffic. Country boats with bamboo decks and a horse-headed pleasure craft ply up and down the river. The tall ship flying a British flag in the middle of the composition is similar to the type Thomas and William Daniell used during their travels up the river.

Published References
  • Lincoln Paine. The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. New York. .
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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