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The rope bridge at Sirinagur

The rope bridge at Sirinagur

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

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1805

Shelfmark: X432/4(23)

Item number: plate 23

Length: 42.5

Width: 60.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 23 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. The Raja of Srinagar was involved in a war with his brother when the Daniells arrived in the town. They were told to leave quickly as the army would have soon been there. William recorded that, 'The river is here too rapid to be passed even by boats, and therefore the bridge of ropes...offered the only means for the Rajah and his people to effect their retreat'. The river here is the Alakananda, a tribtary of the Ganges.

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