DANIELL, Thomas & William. Verapadroog, in the Barramahl.
Original aquatint with hand-colouring by Thomas Daniell & William Daniel, plate number 13 from Oriental Scenery, published as the Act directs by Thomas Daniell. R.A. Howland Street, Fitzroy Square, London August 1st, 1802.. 630 x 765 mm. (inc mount)
The Daniells's Oriental Scenery is considered one of the finest illustrated works on India. Thomas Daniell and his nephew William spent nine years in India making studies and sketches of the scenery, architecture and antiquities that graced the countryside. They then devoted a further thirteen years to publishing their remarkably accurate aquatints. Their impact was explosive. A cult of Indian architecture, landscaping and interior decoration arose, with the Royal Pavillion at Brighton as its centrepiece. The Daniells gave the English public their first accurate look at the exotic sub-continent. Their great achievement still lies in their ability to blend the picturesque with the real, resulting in images that capture the European taste for the sublime landscape, while still remaining faithful to their subjects. The Daniells brought the romance of the English landscape to the antiquities of India and provided England with an accurate vision of this wondrous country. [Martinelli and Michell, India:Yesterday and Today, no. 36].