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Distant view of Burhanpur from the 'Rajah ki Chattri'; the Tapti River on the right (C.P.). February 1837

Distant view of Burhanpur from the 'Rajah ki Chattri'; the Tapti River on the right (C.P.). February 1837

Artist: Taylor, Philip Meadows (1808-1876)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1837

Shelfmark: WD123

Item number: 123

Length: 45

Width: 58

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink and wash drawing by Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) of a distant view of Burhanpur, from the 'Rajah ki Chattri' with the Tapti River on the right, in Madhya Pradesh, dated February 1837. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: 'Boorhanpoor from the 'Rajah ke Chuttree'. February, 1837. No. 90. Taptee River. Ageergurh. dist 15m.' Taylor described his visit to Burhanpur in 'The Story of My Life': "In 1837 we made a charming excursion to Burhanpur. My old friend Major Sutherland had been appointed Resident at Gwalior, and invited a party to meet him and shoot tigers. It was a very beautiful journey, and I could fill pages with descriptions of all the places of interest through which we passed. I took several sketches at Burhanpur, every street and turning abounding in subjects for the pencil, so that the difficulty was in knowing where to begin. Burhanpur had always been famous for its brocade weaving. We visited some of the looms, and watched how the gold and silver threads were deftly woven in. But the most interesting part of the work was the making of the gold thread itself, which we followed through all its stages...We had capital sport and a series of tiger-hunts while enjoying the splendid hospitality of the Resident."

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