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Tomb [mosque] near Afzalgarh (U.P.). 8 May 1789

Tomb [mosque] near Afzalgarh (U.P.). 8 May 1789

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: WD186

Item number: 186

Length: 294

Width: 476

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of a mosque near Afzalgarh in Uttar Pradesh by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell, 9 May 1789. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: '26'; and on the back in ink: 'Nr 24. Near Afzulgar'; in pencil: 'No.38. Near Afzulgur. May 8. 89.' William Daniell is one day out in his inscription, according to the journal.

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 aspects of the scenery and architecture they encountered. When they returned to Britain they engraved the album of views ‘Oriental Scenery’ for which they are best known. This view shows a mosque of the Mughal period. It comprises a rectangular sanctuary surmounted by three bulbous domes, a slender engaged minar at each of the four corners, and three arched openings in the eastern facade.

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