Scene, probably on the Ganges with temples on the river bank; sailing boat in foreground
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of a scene, probably on the Ganges, with temples on the river bank and a sailing boat in the foreground, dated c.1789. Inscribed on front in pencil: 'W.D.'
During the seven years spent sketching in India, from 1786 to 1793, Thomas and William Daniell produced a large collection of working drawings that they later used for their aquatints and oil paintings. On their first tour in North India of 1788 to 1791, the artists set up from Calcutta and proceeded up the Ganges by budgerow visiting all the well-known places such as Bhagalpur, Patna, Ghazipur, Benares and Allahabad. From Cownpore they proceded by palanquin to Agra, Mathura and Delhi and visited the pilgrimage place of Hardwar. They were the first Europeans to reach the Himalayas. They returned through Rampur, Bareilly, Shahjehanpur and Lucknow and proceded by boat to Benares. After reaching Patna they returned to Calcutta by budgerow. Their arduous journeys are recorded in the pencil sketches and wash drawings that they made almost every day.