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Village on the river bank near Hurrodham (Bengal). 10 September 1788

Village on the river bank near Hurrodham (Bengal). 10 September 1788

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: WD161

Item number: 161

Length: 237

Width: 302

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of a village on the river bank near Hurrodham (Bengal) by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell, 10 September 1788. Inscribed on the front of the mount in pencil is: 'Near Harradum. Hurdum'; on back in ink: 'Nr.42. Near Hurdum. Cossimbazar River.'

Thomas Daniell and his nephew William arrived in Calcutta in 1786 and spent the following nine years travelling through virtually unknown parts of India observing and recording with skill and accuracy the diverse scenery and architecture they encountered. William kept a journal which, along with the notes inscribed on their pencil drawings, colour washes, watercolours and oil paintings, provided a thorough record of this strange and beautiful country for an eager western audience. When they returned to Britain the Daniells engraved the album of views entitled ‘Oriental Scenery’ for which they are best known.

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