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Company School Paintings Company School Paintings THOMAS DANIELL (Manner of) 1749 - 1840
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Signed & dated 'Peter Foley 1911', on verso, by the then owner.
A fine oil on canvas painting depicting the majestic Council House in the background, with two elephants along with attendants passing through.
The Council House stands on the north side of the Esplanade, and is the principal place at the Presidency of Bengal, where the affairs of the English East India Company are transacted. The house, with pillars, has an example of a Virandah, or open Corridor; a mode of building of considerable utility in tropical climates. The roofs of the houses in Calcutta are generally terraced, and on which it is not unusual to walk after sunset; they are also of great advantage in collecting rain in those places where the water is not good.