Venkatagiri village below the Pedanaikdurgum Ghat. 21 April 1792
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of Venkatagiri village below the Pedanaikdurgum Ghat by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell, 21 April 1792. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: 'Vincatagherry Gaut'; and on the back in ink is: '196. Pedinaigdurgum Ghaut.'
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 the diverse scenery and architecture they encountered. William kept a journal which, along with the notes inscribed on their pencil drawings, colour washes, watercolours and oil paintings provided a thorough record of this strange and beautiful country for an eager western audience. When they returned to Britain the Daniells engraved the album of views entitled ‘Oriental Scenery’ for which they are best known.