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View of a mountain gorge, perhaps in the Nilgiri Hills

View of a mountain gorge, perhaps in the Nilgiri Hills

Artist: Taylor, Philip Meadows (1808-1876)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1834

Shelfmark: WD119

Item number: 119

Length: 45

Width: 50

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink drawing by Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) of a mountain gorge, perhaps in the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, dated c.1834. The inscription on the back has been cut off. In 'The story of My Life', Taylor described the region "...whither we had been ordered by the doctors for change of air for my wife...Of the beauty of the scenery on the Hills I need not speak here. It has often been described and enlarged upon since, but at that time it was less familiar to those at home; and I find my letters teeming with descriptions of our journey - of wooded hills and towering mountains, of trees and waterfalls, of precipitous crags and deep wooded glens, of ferns and blackberries and violets to remind us of dear old England, of sunsets and sunrises, rolling mists and cool fresh breezes - and, above all, of gratitude for my wife's returning health."

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