Posted on: 26 November 2020

Digital Rare Book:
Bengal Peasant Life
By Rev. Lal Behari Day
Published by Macmillan and Co., London - 1916

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Native Women from Bengal
By Arthur William Devis
Watercolor, pen and gray ink, and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper.

Devis was the son of Arthur Devis, a successful portrait painter. Devis enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools at the age of twelve and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1775. In 1782, he embarked aboard the Antelope for a voyage to the East Indies, in the capacity of draughtsman. The ship was wrecked and Devis and the crew were stranded for a year on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. After a series of extraordinary adventures, Devis arrived in India, where he settled for ten years, establishing a modestly successful practice as a painter of portraits and local scenes. He returned to England in 1795; he concentrated mainly on painting portraits, but also landscapes, animal paintings and theatrical subjects.

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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