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Hindu temple near Madanpur (Bihar). February 1790

Hindu temple near Madanpur (Bihar). February 1790

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840), and Daniell, William (1769-1837

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: WD202

Item number: 202

Length: 369

Width: 437

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of the Hindu temple near Madanpur in Bihar, by Thomas Daniell, dated February 1790. Inscribed on front in pencil: '5'; on back in ink: 'Nr 74. Hindoo Temple on a hill near Muddunpore'; in pencil: 'No 127.'

During his travels in India, Thomas was accompanied by his young nephew William who sketched with him and also kept a journal of their journey. Arrived in Madanpur, a small town with a desecrated temple, the artists noted, "Muddunpore is in the province of Bahar, and its situation is so recluse that it might have been expected the Hindoos here would have escaped the insolence of Mahomedan usurpation; unfortunately for them it happened otherwise, for after suffering in common with their countrymen from those intolerant invaders, they had the mortification to find their principal Temple, which is the subject of this view, polluted, and their sacred idols defaced. Muddunpore is distant from Patna in a S. W. direction about 80 miles."

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