Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thomas Daniell – Man Who Painted India – 18th Century India Paintings

Rope Bridge Srinagar by Thomas Daniell
Rope Bridge Srinagar
On April 7, 1785, Thomas Daniell along with his nephew William Daniell arrived in India, at Calcutta, actually in search of his name. But in the process to find his name, he found India. And painted India on the Canvas.

Ruins of Naurattna
Ruins of Naurattana, Sasaram, Bihar
On September 3, 1788, Daniells (uncle-nephew duo) left Calcutta, embarked a journey to find the vivid colors of India, through the eye of Ganga. Along the shores of Ganges, traveling as far Srinagar (not to be confused with Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir, it is a town of same name in Garwhal, Uttrakhand), where they arrived in May 1789. Inspired, not to return Calcutta until February 1792.

Tiger Hunting by Thomas Daniell
Tiger Hunting in East Indies
On March 10, 1792, they embarked a new journey, but this time to Madras (now Chennai). And they arrived in Madras on March 29, the 20th day they left Calcutta.

Hilly Landscape by T Daniell
Hilly Landscape in India
And before leaving India in 1793, they took a brief tour to Bombay in same year, somewhere in february. In May 1793, Daniells left India for home, after finding what they are searching for.

Madurai Fort by Thomas Daniell
Fort, Madura
On returning home, Daniell published an extensive illustrated work, which was based on what they discovered in India, what India they got, under the title, “ORIENTAL SCENERY”. Oriental Scenery was published in six volumes in between 1795 and 1808. Along with his own work, Daniell also published a fellow artist James Wales work in sixth volume of Oriental Scenery, whom he and his nephew met in Bombay who was working on the Ellora Paintings.

Qutub Minar by Thomas Daniell
Qutub Minar/1805
Some of the popular Indian sites that Daniells featured in Oriental Scenery are: Calcutta, Patna, Gaya, Rohtasgarh, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Allahabad, Agra, Lucknow, Faizabad, Sikandra, Mathura, Vrindavan, Delhi, Kotdwara, Naithana, Srinagar (First Journey toward East-North India), Kolar, Bangalore, Virabhadradurg, Trichy, Madurai, Shivagiri, Tanjvur, Mamallapuram (Second Journey toward South), Ellora, Bombay (third journey toward West India).

Aurangzeb's Mosque
Some of the other prominent paintings of India by Thomas and William Daniell.
Indian Temple Said To Be Mosque, Muttra
Old Court House and Street
Hindoo Temple

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