Roadside shrine near Mathura (U.P.). c.2 February 1789
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of a roadside shrine near Mathura, dated 2 February 1789. Inscribed on front in pencil: '15'; on back in ink: 'Nr 96. Near Muttra'; in pencil: 'Near Matura. No.39.'
This drawing depicts a small temple housing a Shiva lingam on the road to Mathura, the holy Hindu town celebrated as the birth place of the god Krishna. 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, visited the pilgrimage place of Hardwar and were the first Europeans to reach the Himalayas.