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DANIELL, Thomas.

Gate leading to a Musjed, at Chunar Ghur.



Stock Code
100421
London, Robert Bowyer for Thomas Daniell, 1798
£3,000

The ancient fortress of Chunargarh, on a bold rock on the Ganges just before it reaches Varanasi, was strongly fortified by Akbar and represented the gateway to his Eastern Indian provinces. In 1606 Shah Qasim Sulamaini, a famous pious figure, died here and his followers built him a funerary complex. The entrance is a magnificent structure with a pointed arch in the middle, completely decorated with relief patterns of different designs. The artist commented, '... the effect of this gate, at a distance, is grand, from the bold projection of its superior parts; and its ornaments, though numerous, are applied with so much art and discretion, as to form the happiest union of beauty and grandeur.'

Thomas Daniell (1749–1840) and his nephew William Daniell (1769–1837) travelled extensively in India between 1786 and 1793. On their return to Britain they produced many paintings, drawings and prints based on the sketches they had

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Description

Aquatint on Whatman wove paper with original hand-colour for Oriental Scenery, Series one, plate 24, drawn and engraved by Thomas Daniell. Sheet size 73 x 54.5 cm, image size 45 x 60 cm. Fine fresh condition.

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Sutton, 12.

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