Part of the City of Patna, on the river Ganges

DANIELL, Thomas. Part of the City of Patna, on the river Ganges.

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DANIELL, Thomas. Part of the City of Patna, on the river Ganges.

Original aquatint with hand-colouring, drawn and engraved by Thomas Daniell, plate number 10 from Oriental Scenery, published as the Act directs for Thomas Daniell by Robert Bowyer at the historic Gallery, Pall Mall, November 1795. 510 x 670 mm (Paper Size).
From Daniell's diary 8th November 1788: "The large and populous City of Patna is in the province of Bahar. The gauts, or steps leading up from the river, are very numerous here, and are intended for the advantage of merchandise, as well as the convenience of merchandise, as well as the convenience of the Hindoos, whose religious duties oblige them frequently to perform ablutions in the sacred river Ganges." [Archer, Mildred, Early Views of India, The Picturesque Journeys of Thomas and William Daniell 1786-1794, 1980, no 21].
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].

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