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The Rock of Trichinopoly, with the River Cauvery in the foreground. Squared drawing for the aquatint published December 1797

The Rock of Trichinopoly, with the River Cauvery in the foreground. Squared drawing for the aquatint published December 1797

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1796

Shelfmark: WD1718

Item number: 1718

Length: 41.1

Width: 59.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing of the Rock of Trichinopoly, with the River Cauvery in the foreground, by Thomas and William Daniell, dated 8 June 1792. Originally inscribed on mount in ink and pencil: 'The Rock of Tritchinopoly taken on the River Cauvery.' This is the original drawing for 'Oriental Scenery,' part 2, plate 19.

Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) and his nephew William (1769-1837) travelled throughout India from 1786 to 1794 drawing and painting the landscape views and monuments along the way. The Daniells are renowned for a collection of aquatints of views of India in six parts called 'Oriental Scenery' that was published between 1795 and 1810. The site of Tiruchchirapalli has been an important Hindu centre since Chola times due to its topographic position as the area is dominated by a huge granite rock which is highly defensible. The artists wrote: "This view is taken on the north side from the river Cauvery in the dry season. The building to the right on the western extremity of the rock is an ancient Hindoo temple, held in great veneration by the votaries of that religion; and the lesser one on the summit, a Choultry, commanding a very rich and extensive prospect. Many small Choultries and places of worship also embellish the banks of the river. This with the following views of Tritchinopoly were taken in June 1792."

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