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Extract from Bryant's ‘Analysis of Ancient Myth’

Extract from Bryant's ‘Analysis of Ancient Myth’

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: WD1065

Item number: f.3

Length: 45.7

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Manuscrip extract from Bryant's Analysis of Ancient Myth, taken from an Album of 56 sheets of drawings (60 folios) mainly of miscellaneous architecture and sculpture in the Deccan and S. India, dated 1793-1806 from the MacKenzie Collection.

'A new System or an Analysis of Ancient Mythology' by Jacob Bryant was first published in two volumes in1774; the second edition in two volumes dates of 1775; volume 3 was added in 1776; the third edition in six volumes is from 1807. Volume 3 is entitled 'On the Deluge, and the Memorials thereof in the Gentile World'. This section describes how various characters in the Egyptian and Greek mythology are styled on Noah, and how the ancient world used to celebrate the Flood by carrying a boat in procession.

Colin Mackenzie (1754-1821) was the first Surveyor General of India. Originally from Scotland, he came to India in 1782 as a member of the Madras Engineers. He took part in numerous map surveys, mainly in Southern India, before he was appointed to the post of Surveyor General in 1815. During his surveys in South India he collected and recorded innumerable details concerning every aspect of South Indian history, language, life and religion, resulting in possibly as many as 2,000 drawings and over 8,000 copies of inscriptions.

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