Philip Charles Trench (1809 - 1888).
A dancing party, Ghazepoor, India
Signed, inscribed and dated l.l.: P C Trench Ghazepoor July 1847, watercolour over traces of pencil
22.2 x 28 cm.; 8 ¾ x 11 inches
Philip Charles (later Chenevix) Trench was born in Dublin. He served as a civil servant in Bengal, retiring in 1871. He wrote A Sportsman in Ireland and illustrated the 1897 edition.
Ghazipur, 135 miles west of Patna, was a centre of opium trade of the East India Company.
Although only one dancer (at the back) seems to be wearing uniform, most of the young men are military officers from the town's cantonment, and the young women are likely to be daughters of the local officers.