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A well at Shikohabad (U.P.). 17 January 1789

A well at Shikohabad (U.P.). 17 January 1789

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: WD244

Item number: 244

Length: 305

Width: 489

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of a well at Shikohabad Uttar Pradesh, dated 17 January 1789. Inscribed on back in ink: 'Nr 56. Shekoabad-well at'; in pencil: 'Shekoabad. No.14.'

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. They returned through Rampur, Bareilly, Shahjehanpur and Lucknow and proceded by boat to Benares. After reaching Patna they returned to Calcutta by budgerow. Their arduous journeys are recorded in the pencil sketches and wash drawings that they made almost every day. The majority included Indian buildings - Hindu temples, Muslim tombs or mosques, palaces and houses - that the Daniells depicted with great accuracy, often using the camera obscura.

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