Old Court House Street Looking South 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: 44.5 x 56.8 cm (17 1/2 x 22 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Lee and Roy Galloway
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


city, India, 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


Here, as in so many of their prints, Thomas and William Daniell contrast the European-style architecture of colonial Calcutta with its eclectic population by delineating the stately structures precisely while rendering the inhabitants with a more fluid line. If their depiction of the large mansions of East India Company agents and wealthy merchants appealed to British pride, their inclusion of natives, such as the ascetic leaning upon his staff visible in the midst of the broad avenue, spoke to British fascination with their "exotic" subjects.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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