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Carved stone at Sidampuram. ‘Representation of a figure carved on a stone, set up within the Old Pagoda at Sidaporum in the Canoul Country. March 16th 1794. Sketched by C.M.K

Carved stone at Sidampuram. ‘Representation of a figure carved on a stone, set up within the Old Pagoda at Sidaporum in the Canoul Country. March 16th 1794. Sketched by C.M.K

Artist: MacKenzie, Colin (1754-1821)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1794

Shelfmark: WD1065

Item number: f.6

Length: 45.7

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink and watercolour drawing dated 16 March 1794, of a carved stone at Siddapura (?) in Karnataka, 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. Some drawings are by MacKenzie himself, others by his draftsmen, including C. Ignatio.

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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