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View on the Ram-Gunga, between Buddell and Bilkate

View on the Ram-Gunga, between Buddell and Bilkate

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: X432/4(20)

Item number: plate 20

Length: 42.5

Width: 59.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 20 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 Himalayan mountains. Between Badel and Bilkhet the artists' experience was so overwhelming to be '...out of reach of imitative art...' and, '...the murmuring of the passing streams; the majestic grandeur of the mountains, increased by the visionary effect of the twilight...the myriad swarms of the fire flies...illuminated every object, and diffused a magical radiance equally beautiful and surprising; it seemed, in truth, to be a land of romance, and the proper residence of those fanciful beings, the fairies and genii, that appear so often in asiatic tales...' They are mistaken in calling the river the Ramganga; in fact it is the Nayar, a branch of the Alakananda.

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