f.22 'View on the River at Salpy gaut. View on the River Soane at Salpy Gaut. J.T. Blunt, Bnng. Eng. fecit. Vide Asiatic Annual Register. A.D. 1800. Miscellaneous Tracts, p.128' (espy. p.130)
Artist: Blunt, James Tillyer (1765-1834)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Water-colour view of the River Soane by James Tillyer Blunt (1765-1834). Blunt served with the Bengal Engineers from 1783 to 1810. From January to May 1795 he surveyed a route from Chunargarh in Uttar Pradesh to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. An account of this journey was printed in the 'Asiatic Annual Register, 1800’ (‘Narrative of a route from Chunargur to Rajamundry in the Ellore Sircar’ by J. Blunt Ensign Engineer, 1800, Miscellaneous Tracts, pp.128-62, 200, London, 1801)
On February 2nd 1795, after securing food supplies, Blunt and his party of about 150 men, women and children proceeded through low hills and rocks covered with jungle “to the little village of Selpy, consisting of four poor huts, which was situated on the north west bank of the river Soane” Later Blunt and three or four others climbed the top of a high peak and were rewarded by a panoramic view of the river meandering into the distance.