A view of the Great Pagoda at Tangore [Thanjavur]
Engraver: Medland, Thomas (1755-1833)
Engraving of a view of the Great Pagoda at Thanjavur by Thomas Medland (1755-1833) after William Hodges (1744-1797). Plate 4 of William Hodges 'Travels in India, during the years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783' published in London in 1793. Hodges stated that this view of the temple at Thanjavur 'is from a picture which I painted from an accurate drawing made by Mr. Topping' and was intended 'to give the reader a general idea of these efforts of Indian architecture'. Thanjavur was established by the Chola rulers in 9th century. The Brihadishvara Temple, one of the great achievements of the Chola era, is dedicated to the god Shiva. This monumental temple stands in the middle of a large rectangular courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. Its steeply pyramidal tower stands at about 66m and consists of 13 storeys, each with pilastered walls covered with carved figures of divinities.