View of Aurangabad (Bihar). February 1790
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of a view of Aurangabad in Bihar, dated February 1790. Inscribed on front in pencil: '7'; on back in pencil: '130. Aurungabad.'
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 - where their friend, the artist Samuel Davis was posted - Patna, Ghazipur, Benares and Allahabad. From Cownpore they proceded by palanquin to Agra, Mathura and Delhi and visited the pilgrimage place of Hardwar. They were the first Europeans to reach the Himalayas. Aurangabad, situated on the road from Sasaram across the Son to Gaya, is one of the many places they visited on their journey back to Clcutta. In the far background of this drawing there is a domed mosque.