But …. the Daniells, in their 1791 view taken from the west, had also depicted a similar fenestration for this tower.Then there was the Fort St George cluster in distant outline, very skillfully done, as seen in the fading evening light in Madras.
Then, the sea-wall, to prevent erosion, visible in the foreground of the watercolour offered further confirmation of the Madras location. This sea-wall - to arrest erosion and littoral drift - had been built in front of the Black Town of Madras by Paul Benfield, an engineer turned contractor, in about 1780. It was later extended northwards -to protect the entire coastline of the Blacktown – and also southwards –t o connect with Fort St George – by Thomas Fiott de Havilland (1775- 1866) some time before 1822.
The entire Madraas Panorama below :
This one below is a watercolour of a tomb near Bhagalpur - where Davis was posted in the 1780s when the Daniells spent the best part of a year staying with him - and should date around 1786. It is owned by Charles Greig who writes : "I bought it at Christies on 28 September 2001 as 'English School' and as of 'a view in Mysore'!! I recognised it immediately as an early view of a tomb near Bhagalpore by SD and indeed I think the figure entering the tomb is SD himself from a label I found inside the old mount that Christies had ignored!"
It is remarkable that Charles could identify the painting as one by Davis when Christies had merely described it as English School! This is why he is undoubtedly a wizard at attributions of the Raj genre of paintings (and also surely why Christies have been using him as a consultant). I suppose it comes from both an innate eye for sizing up a painting and from having handled thousands of them over the years.