Thomas Daniell

England, b.1749, d.1840

William Daniell

England / India, b.1769, d.1837

Troops crossing a river in India

English painter Thomas Daniell and his nephew William Daniell arrived in Calcutta (Kolkata) in 1786 and established a landscape print studio, which helped finance their collaborative painting travels through India over the next seven years. This view of Tiruchirappalli Rock Fort from the banks of the Kaveri River was painted during an eight-month tour of South India in 1792.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

Tiruchirappalli ((திருச்சிராப்பள்ளி in Tamil) and Kaveri (காவிரி ஆறு in Tamil) were formerly known in English as Trichinoply and Cauvery

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • Exactly where this river crossing took place is not known, but in 1785 William Daniell and his uncle, Thomas Daniell, based themselves in Calcutta and Bhagalpur and over the next nine years traveled to northern India, Ceylon, the China Coast and Java. Orientalist subjects were popular with art audiences in Britain at that time and the Daniells’ work proved very successful. They were the first British artists to visit many Indian locations and their paintings of the scenery and architecture in these regions aroused a great deal of interest. William was born in Chertsey and trained under his uncle. When in 1794 they returned to England from India, William began working on the 144 aquatints that were used in Oriental Scenery and the further 50 works for A Picturesque Voyage to India by Way of China, published by both him and his uncle. William was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1822. He made numerous tours throughout England and Scotland and also published Voyage Round Great Britain.

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