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Thomas Daniell, Patna, to Ozias Humphry, at Sir Joshua Reynolds's, Leicester Square, London

RA Collection: Archive

Reference code

HU/4/13

Title

Thomas Daniell, Patna, to Ozias Humphry, at Sir Joshua Reynolds's, Leicester Square, London

Date

7 Nov 1788

Level

Item

Extent & medium

2 pieces

Content Description

He has received Humphry's letters. He has at length completed his 12 Views of Calcutta, the fatigue involved nearly wore him out. He has gone up country, to near Patna, to improve his health, draw and paint. He sends the views of Calcutta via Mr. Bigby and the William Pitt Indiaman. Her fears they will be poorly received in England as "Bengala work", he undertook the work from drawing to printing all himself, it was d"devilish" work. Mr. Bigbey also has Humphry's picture of the Lady Waldegraves and his prints. The bazaar is full of prints, Hodges prints are selling by the cart-load, but at a poor price. He details what happened to Humphry's furniture. Zoffany is still up-country. Smith must be back in England by now. Hill is making "handsome faces" in Humphry's old house. Davis has been running about the country to no great purpose, Alefounder does not, and will not, get on. Hickey is to published the lives of the "Grecian artists". He is glad Humphry likes his friend Hague, who paints ceilings, friezes, chinmey pieces &c, in the "grotesque way".