View from the hills above Hardwar (U.P.). 12 April 1789
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Water-colour drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the view from the hills above Hardwar, dated 12 April 1789. Inscribed on back in ink: 'Nr 37. View from the Hill, nearly opposite the Hurduar'; in pencil:' No.146. Taken on the hill nearly opposite Hurduar.'
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, where the Ganges emerges from the hills. From there they could see the lower ranges of the Himalayas that they depicted in this watercolour. From this point they began their journey to the Srinigar and were the first Europeans to reach this area.