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The temple of Kali, Agori, on the river Son (U.P.). 13-14 January 1790

The temple of Kali, Agori, on the river Son (U.P.).  13-14 January 1790

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: WD163

Item number: 163

Length: 38.1

Width: 54.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the temple of Kali at Agori, on the river Son (U.P.), dated 13-14 January 1790. Inscribed on back in pencil: 'No.33. Temple of Bowannee - Agowree'; in ink: 'Nr 140. Temple of Kallee at Agowree on the River Soane'; in another hand: 'Hurgoeree. Dr Wilkins.'

During the seven years spent sketching in India, from 1786 to 1793, Thomas and William Daniell produced a large collection of working drawings that they later used for their aquatints and oil paintings. On their first tour in North India of 1788 to 1791, the artists set up from Calcutta and proceeded up the Ganges by budgerow visiting all the well-known places such as Bhagalpur, Patna, Ghazipur, Benares and Allahabad. From Cownpore they proceded by palanquin to Agra, Mathura and Delhi and visited the pilgrimage place of Hardwar. They were the first Europeans to reach the Himalayas. On their return the Daniells spent many days at Agori the river Son were they made drawings of the temples amongst the banyan trees. They wrote that Agori '...is a place of worhip of the greatest antiquity, which is obvious from the fragments of sculptured idols frequently to be met there. The village at present is not very considerable.' Their drawing depicts a Hindu temple with a tall curvilinear spire typical of the Northern Indian style of architecture.

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