A View at Delhi, near the Mausoleum of Humaioon

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

Published by published by Thomas Daniell, London
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Aquatint by and after Thomas & William Daniell, coloured by hand. Image size: 17 7/8 x 23 3/4; 21 1/8 x 29 1/8 inches. The mausoleum of Humayun is one of the great Mughal monuments The plain around the Mausoleum of Humayun, now within the modern city of New Delhi, was covered when this building was erected with the remains of tombs, forts, mosques and palaces from the earlier dynasties of the Delhi Sultanate (1193-1527). The tomb of Humayun (reg. 1530-40, 1555-56), the second Mughal emperor, and father of Akbar, was built by his wife after his death from 1565 - 1572. It represents the first example of the Mughal garden-tomb complex, a monumental symmetrical composition set in a walled garden enclosure, meant to adumbrate Paradise as described in the Koran. The gate on the extreme left in this aquatint is the principal entrance to the mausoleum. 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. Abbey Travel II.420 no.88; cf. Lowndes I, p.588; Martinelli/Michell India Yesterday and today ''92 Rayakottai, fort'; cf. RIBA 799-804; cf. Sutton The Daniells (1954) p.156; cf. Tooley 172. Bookseller Inventory # 29856

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