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The Temple at Rameswaram, with a procession at the gate and an elephant passing. 25 January 1804

The Temple at Rameswaram, with a procession at the gate and an elephant passing. 25 January 1804

Artist: Salt, Henry (1780-1827)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: WD1302

Item number: 1302

Length: 43

Width: 62

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink and wash drawing, by Henry Salt (1780-1827), of the Temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, with a procession at the gate and an elephant passing by, dated 25th January 1804. This is the original drawing for 'Pagoda at Ramisseram', plate 9, of Henry Salt's 'Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt'. Viscount Valentia (George Annesley) described this temple at Rameshvaram (in Tamil Nadu) as: "one of the most sacred and most splendid in the East. It is built on the sea-shore, at the extremity of the peninsula of India ... The entrance to the Pagoda was through a very lofty gateway, I should suppose about one hundred feet high, covered with carved work to the summit. It was pyramidally oblong, and ended in a kind of sarcophagus. The door was about forty feet high, and composed of single stones placed perpendicularly with others crossing over. This massive workmanship reminded me of the ruins of Egyptian architecture."

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