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Wales, James, 1746 or 1747-1795

James Wales archive, 1786-1797.

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1 linear foot
Rare Books and Manuscripts
MSS 26 (In Process)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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The present collection of archival material accompanies a collection of two prints and 196 drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings (B1977.14.22244-22441). The drawings include works by Robert Mabon, Gungaram ChintamanTambat, William Birch, William Williamson, Boge Raj, and other unknown European and Indian artists, of various subjects in and around the city of Poona, India, and the nearby cave temples of Ellora, dating mostly from 1792 to 1796.
Adapting the eye : an archive of the British in India, 1770-1830 / Holly Shafer. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2011.
The collection comprises diaries, notebooks, and other manuscript documents concerning the travels of James Wales in India, with a particular focus on antiquities of Poona and the nearby cave temples of Ellora.
Volume 1: Diary and notebook, written by James Wales, 1792 June-December. 78 pages. Account of a journey from Bombay to Poona; meeting with Sir Charles Warre Malet; description of visit by Sindea and 700 attendants; letter to his wife in England to come to India, bringing the children, with advice for the voyage; descriptions of suttee ceremonies; painting portraits of the Peishwa and chief ministers and of Malet; descriptions of a hawking match with Sindea and of the Peishwa's entertainment with wild antelopes and dancing girls; return journey to Bombay; and a one-page listing of letters written July-October, 1792.
Volume 2: Diary and notebook, written by James Wales, 1794 January-1795 May. 112 pages. Mainly a travel diary, with memoranda concerning Indian antiquities, including description of caves, etc., at Salsette and at Ellora (or Verool). Journey from Bombay (Sept. 1794) to Poona; his stay there, painting portraits of Peishwa, his ministers, Sindea (Mahratti chieftains) and making studies for the large picture of "The great Treaty Durbar Group" which was subsequently painted by Daniel from these studies; expeditions to Ellora, and excavations there; the Mahratti camp (soon after their victory over the Nizam's army); return to Poona, and later to Bombay (April 1795).
Box 1. Folder 1: various loose documents, including notes on Amboli Cave, Hindoo mythology, Subba excavations, the Temple of Elephanta, Rawan's Cave, and Ellora, and a prospectus for Oriental antiquities -- f. 2: notebook, 14 pages plus 5 pages at end. Includes: lists of drawings done by Wales; drawings done by Mabon; list of portraits of Malet, Mahratta chiefs, etc., begun in Poona; notes on caves visited in India; notes on drawings wanted to complete the Antiquities, and expenses on the publication thereof -- f. 3: journal, 12 pages, by an assistant of James Wales, sent to sketch the caves near Candali, giving account of 34 days, including his arrest as a spy, and intervention of Sir Charles Malet. -- f. 4: various loose documents, including: notes on Oriental antiquities; notes on caves and excavations; a listing of 20 drawings of elephanta -- f. 5: various loose documents, with "Proposals for publishing by subscription" views of Bombay, 1792.
Subject Terms:
British -- India.
Caves -- India.
Daniell, Thomas, 1749-1840.
Gaṅgārāma, 18th cent.
India -- Description and travel.
Mabon, Robert.
Malet, Charles Warre, 1752-1815.
Mumbai (India) -- Description and travel.
Pune (India) -- Description and travel.
Wales, James, 1746 or 1747-1795

James Wales Archive, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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