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View from the Island of Elephanta

View from the Island of Elephanta

Artist: Wales, James (1747-1795)

Medium: Etching, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: X436(12)

Item number: 12

Genre: Print

This is plate 12 from James Wales' 'Bombay Views'. The series was painted for Sir Charles Malet (1752-1815), the British Resident of Poona, who met Wales in Bombay in 1791.

Wales wrote that this image was: "Taken from the Landing-Place of this celebrated Island, exhibiting the colossal statue of the Elephant whence it is named, including the little island of Butcher on the right." The rock-cut temples dating to some 6th century AD on this island are dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva in the form of Mahadeva.

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