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Cape Comorin from Kalakkad. 7 August 1792

Cape Comorin from Kalakkad. 7 August 1792

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1792

Shelfmark: WD237

Item number: 237

Length: 270

Width: 376

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of Cape Comorin from Kalakkad, dated 7 August 1792. Inscribed on back in ink: '160. Cape Comorin from Calcad'; in pencil: 'Cape Comorin. August. 7. '92.'

From March 1792 to February 1793 the Daniells travelled through South India. After reaching Madurai, they discovered the spectacular landscape of the Tinnevelly district, at that time still unsurveyed. Continuing south they approached Cape Comorin where the scenery was even grander with the great peak of Mahendra Giri at Kalakkad. In the diary that the young William Daniell kept we read, "August 1792. To the southernmost point of the peninsula of India has been given the name of Cape Comorin, and this appellation navigators have transferred to the lofty mountain situated not distant from its extremity..."

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