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Road and well near Mathura (U.P.). 2 February 1789

Road and well near Mathura (U.P.).  2 February 1789

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: WD175

Item number: 175

Length: 38

Width: 53.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of a road and well near Mathura, dated 2 February 1789. Inscribed on front in pencil: '22'; on back in ink: 'Nr 104. Near Muttura'; in pencil: 'Near Mutura. No.45.'

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 with Hindu or Muslim monuments and halting at every picturesque spot. From Cownpore they proceded by palanquin to Agra, Mathura and Delhi. From Delhi they went northwest and were the first Europeans to reach the Himalayas. They returned through Rampur, Bareilly, Shahjehanpur and Lucknow and proceded by boat to Benares. After reaching Patna they returned to Calcutta by budgerow. Their arduous journeys are recorded in the pencil sketches and wash drawings that they made almost every day.

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