Waterfall at Vannar Turtham. 3 August 1792
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Pencil and water-colour drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the waterfall at Vannar Turtham, dated 3 August 1792. Inscribed on back in ink is: '40. Upper Fall. Vannar Turthoom'; in pencil: 'No.' '14. Upper Fall. Vannar Turthoom. Augt 1792.'
Between March 1792 and April 1793 the Daniells travelled through South India which at that time was still very little explored by the British. The Tinnevelly District was ceded to the East India Company in 1801 and surveys were carried out from 1806 onwards only. The artists explored with marvel this region of great forests and hills and were fascinated by the great waterfalls they saw. This view depicts the remote falls of Vannar Turtham that they admired before proceeding further south to Cape Comorin.