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Views in Calcutta

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1870,0514.1487

  • Title (series)

    • Views in Calcutta
  • Description

    Plate 9; the Old Court House and Street looking South; a broad street with buildings either side, including a grand neo-classical house on the left with an awning over the entrance, several carriages and people carrying parasols in front of it and in the street, people riding an elephant in the left foreground. 1788
    Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1788
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 402 millimetres (trimmed to image)
    • Width: 528 millimetres (trimmed to image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered in the lower left of the image 'T Daniell fec. Calcutta 1788 No. 9'.
  • Curator's comments

    Abbey provides further information on this set, for which an advertisement was published in the Calcutta Chronicle of 17 July 1786, only a few months after the Daniells reached India. The twelve views were published at twelve gold Mohurs to subscribers, eighteen to non-subscribers. Abbey suggests that the plates were one of Thomas' first attempts at aquatint, produced in a difficult climate, entirely by him, without recourse to facilities or assistance. The hand-colouring was done by local artists but, as Daniell wrote to Ozias Humphrey on completing the views (7 November 1788) the project was an arduous one: 'The Lord be praised, at length I have completed my 12 views of Calcutta ... You know I was obliged to stand Painter Engraver Copper-smith Printer and Printers Devil myself. It was a devilish undertaking but I was determined to see it through at all events.'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Abbey Travel 492.9 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp)

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1870

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1870,0514.1487

Plate 9; the Old Court House and Street looking South; a broad street with buildings either side, including a grand neo-classical house on the left with an awning over the entrance, several carriages and people carrying parasols in front of it and in the street, people riding an elephant in the left foreground.  1788  Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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Plate 9; the Old Court House and Street looking South; a broad street with buildings either side, including a grand neo-classical house on the left with an awning over the entrance, several carriages and people carrying parasols in front of it and in the street, people riding an elephant in the left foreground. 1788 Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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