Mausoleum of Amir Khusero at the ancient City of Delhi

DANIELL, Thomas (1749-1840) and William DANIELL (1769-1837)

Published by published byThomas Daniell, London
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Hand-coloured aquatint on heavy wove paper. Image size: 17 5/8 x 23 1/2 inches; Sheet size: 21 29 1/8 inches. Mis-identified by the Daniell's, this fine Mughal monument was the Chausath Khamba built by Mirza Aziz Koka (c. 1542-1624) for himself in 1623-24. This mausoleum was misidentified by the Daniells as the tomb of the celebrated Delhi poet Amir Khusrau, which lies nearby in the shrine complex of Nizamuddin. It is in fact the tomb of Mirza 'Aziz Koka, foster brother of the Emperor Akbar, (Koka means foster brother), who died in 1624. It is one of the earliest of a new type of Mughal tomb, the flat-roofed hypostyle hall, here encased in white marble, with white marble jalis or pierced screens around the sides. It is known as the Chaunsath Kambha or '64 pillars': it consists of 6 by 6 bays, with pillars doubled round the periphery, and quadrupled at the corners. The Daniells' Oriental Scenery is considered to be the finest illustrated works on India. Thomas Daniell and his nephew William spent nine years in India making studies, sketches and drawings of the scenery, architecture, and antiquities that graced the countryside. They then devoted a further thirteen years to publishing their remarkably accurate aquatints. In Britain, the impact was explosive. A cult of Indian architecture, landscaping and interior decoration arose, with the Royal Pavilion at Brighton as its centerpiece. The Daniells gave the English public their first accurate look at the exotic sub-continent. Their great achievement still lies in their ability to blend the picturesque with the real, resulting in images that capture the European taste for the sublime landscape, while still remaining faithful to their subjects. The Daniells brought the romance of the English landscape to the antiquities of India and provided England with an accurate vision of this wondrous country. Consisting of one hundred and forty-four views, published in six parts, the work was issued in seven stages: three sets of twenty-four plates titled Oriental Scenery with title dates of 1795, 1797, and 1801; twelve plates titled Antiquities of India dated 1799; twenty-four plates titled Hindoo Excavations dated 1803; twenty-four plates titled Views in Hindoostan dated 1807; and twelve further plates of Antiquities of India published without a title page in 1808. All plates were engraved by the Daniells and all are taken from their drawings save the twenty-four plates of Hindoo Excavations, which are after drawings by James Wales. Bookseller Inventory # 29851

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Publisher: published byThomas Daniell, London

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