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Exterior of the great Cave Temple of Elephanta, near Bombay, drawn in 1803

Exterior of the great Cave Temple of Elephanta, near Bombay, drawn in 1803

Artist: Westall, William (1781-1850)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1830

Shelfmark: X400(33)

Item number: Plate 33

Length: 20.4

Width: 28.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 33 of Robert Melville Grindlay's 'Scenery, Costumes and Architecture chiefly on the Western Side of India'. Grindlay (1786-1877) was only 17 when he arrived in India in 1803. He served with the Bombay Native Infantry between 1804 and 1820, and during this period he made a large collection of sketches and drawings. In the year of his arrival, he visited the Elephanta caves. The great rock-cut cave-temple at Elephanta, an island near Bombay, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Excavated in the 6th Century, it contains some of the greatest masterpieces of Hindu sculpture.

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