N.W. view of the temple at Trivagherry, near Pondicherry. December 1806
Artist: Trapaud, Elisha (1750-1828)
Water-colour by Elisha Trapaud of the temple at Trivagherry, near Pondicherry, dated December 1806. Inscribed on back in ink: 'N.W. view. Trivagherry-14 miles W by S of Pondichery. Decr 1806. E. Trapaud.'
Tamil Nadu has thousands of temples with tall pyramidal towers intricately carved with sculptures of the Hindu divinities which were erected during the Chola (900-1250 AD), the Pandya (upto 1350), the Vijayanagara (1350-1560) and the Nayaka (1600-1750) dynasties. These huge towers or gopuras lead into the various enclosures of the temple complexes. This drawing depicts a village landscape with a multi-storeyed temple gopura with a vaulted roof and arched ends.