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With sponsorship from the East India Company, the Daniells made three tours of India over seven years. Hundreds of sketches, studies and notes were taken throughout their expeditions, many of which are in the British Library. While we would now recognise how their views are shaped by art historical conventions and the expectations of their English market, Thomas Daniell himself drew parallels in the preface to his 1810 publication between his work and that of a ‘naturalist’, ‘philosopher’ or scientist exploring ‘the shores of Asia’ for the ‘diffusion of truth'.

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