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Siccra Gulley [Sakrigali] on the Ganges

Siccra Gulley [Sakrigali] on the Ganges

Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: X432/4(9)

Item number: plate 9

Length: 42.3

Width: 59.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 9 from the fourth set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery,' which they called 'Twenty-four Landscapes.' The views progress northwards from the far south at Cape Comorin to Srinagar in Garhwal in the Himalaya mountains. Sakrigali, situated at the pass that separates the Ganges from the northernmost spur of the Rajmahal Hills, was a popular place for boats using the river to anchor. The boatmen on the right are 'tracking , their budgerow, i.e. landing and pulling it upstream with ropes, a frequent necessity in the teeth of the fierce current and contrary winds. The Daniells record that the scene was '...perfectly enchanting; hills finely varied, buildings interspersed, a luxuriant vegetation, and the whole illuminated by a bright and serene atmosphere'. The bungalow with a thatched roof was occasionally used by the British resident of nearby Bhagalpur, while a Muslim shrine occupies the top of the bluff.

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