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Daniell, Thomas, 1749–1840
Oriental scenery.
London : [Robert Bowyer] 1795-1807 [that is, 1808]
Physical Description:
(plate volumes): 6 volumes : illustrations, plans ; 80 cm and (letterpress volumes): 6 volumes ; 22-24 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2023 27
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 420
"From an early stage, Thomas [Daniell] seems to have set out to emulate and surpass Hodges (whose own Select views in India ... began (?) to appear in May 1785) in popularizing his views through the comparatively new medium of aquatint ... the uncle and nephew were determined not only to do better than Hodges but to expose the weaknesses of the pioneer's work by choosing the same views as Hodges had done, drawing them more accurately, and aquatinting them more skilfully. The accuracy of the work was probably greatly aided, however, by the fact that Thomas and William used a camera obscura, particularly useful, of course, for architectural subjects."--Abbey.
Plates engraved by Thomas and William Daniell after designs by themselves (series 1-5) and by James Wales (series 6).
With 150 aquatint illustrations (including six engraved title pages, one for each volume). For a full description of the plates, see Abbey.
Plates 13-24 of series 5 were issued in 1808.
Plates 1-3 and plates 15-16 of series 6 are connected to form panoramic views.
Volume 1 published by Robert Bowyer for Thomas Daniell; v. 2-6 published by Thomas Daniell himself. Cf. statements on individual plates.
Letterpress volumes printed by Thomas Bensley.
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, 799-804
Archer, M. Early views of India : the picturesque journeys of Thomas and William Daniell 1786-1794, p. 234-235
Sutton, T. The Daniells : artists and travellers, p. 156-157
A volume of letterpress description was issued with each part, the titles differing in minor details from that of the engraved titles.
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. The plate volumes are bound in contemporary half roan and marbled boards. All plates are tipped on to guard sheets. The text volumes are in the original plain wrappers (varyingly brown, blue, or green).
Subject Terms:
Daniell, Thomas, 1749-1840.
Daniell, William, 1769-1837.
Hodges, William, 1744-1797. Select Views in India.
India -- Antiquities -- Pictorial works.
India -- Description and Travel.
India -- Pictorial works.
Wales, James, 1746 or 1747-1795.
Hand coloring.
Daniell, William, 1769-1837, illustrator, engraver.
Wales, James, 1746 or 1747-1795, illustrator.
Bowyer, Robert, 1758-1834, publisher.
Bensley, Thomas, approximately 1760-1835, printer.
IIIF Manifest:

  • Contents of the plate volumes (series numbering as given in British Architectural Library, Archer, and Sutton): [series 1] Oriental scenery. Twenty-four views in Hindoostan, taken in the years 1789 and 1790 ... London, March 1, 1795
  • [series 2] Oriental scenery. Twenty-four views in Hindoostan, taken in the year 1792 ... London, August 1797
  • [series 3] Oriental scenery. Twenty-four views in Hindoostan ... London, June 1801
  • [series 4] Twenty-four landscapes (the fourth series), views in Hindoostan ... London, May, 1807
  • [series 5] Antiquities of India. Twelve views from the drawings of Thomas Daniell ... London, Oct. 15, 1799. Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court Fleet Street, 1800
  • [series 6] Hindoo excavations, in the mountain of Ellora, near Aurungabad, in the Decan, in twenty-four views ... London, June 1, 1804.

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