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William Hodges, 1744–1797

Original Drawings for Choix de Vues de L'Inde and Others, Volume I

Former Title(s):

Select Views in India, Volume I

between 1780 and 1788
Materials & Techniques:
Album of drawings on sheets of medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper on 19th century wash mounts
Spine: 30 inches (76.2 cm), Overall: 30 × 23 1/2 × 1 1/2 inches (76.2 × 59.7 × 3.8 cm)

Inscribed correspondence in brown ink, bound between second and third drawings: "Answered with a descrip- | tion of my Drawing | 25 Jan 1856 | Sir John Soane's Museum | 22nd January 1856. | Sir | I have to acknowledge | with thanks, the receipt of | your [...] of the 17th insght relative | to the Drawing by Hodges in | this Collection & the moreso as | although I have looked through | I believe all the Views in India | published by Wm Hodges, Sir Thomas Phillipps Bart."; lower right: "Daniel | & others | & others I have not been able | to find an engraving of the | drawing in question, or any other | representation of a building or of | scenery similar thereto. - I annex | a light sketch of the drawing, & | should you hae leisure to | pursue the examination you | kindly propose, to a satisfactory | result, I shal feel greatly | obliged by a communication | on the subject, at your perfect | convenience. | I have the honor to be | Sir, Your obedt. & faithfull <...> | George Bailey" [Sketch in brown ink of 'The Garden Side of the Mosque at Chunar'] a large Tree in Shadow | a large light cloud | The Water appears to be | the extremity of | a Tank | or Lake, not a River: the shadows very | dark. | The Structure a landing place to a | Terrace, or Garden; there is no | indication of any large Building like | the Taj Mahal."

Foil-stamped lettering on spine: "Drawings by Hodges in India | I"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Associated Places:
Agra | Asia | Bharat | Bijagarh Fort | Chinsurah | Chunar | Etmadpur | Faizabad | Fatehpur Sikri | Ganges | Ghaghara River | Ghazipur | Gwalior | Madhya Pradesh | Taj Mahal | Uttar Pradesh | West Bengal
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IIIF Manifest:

Douglas Fordham, Aquatint Worlds : Travel, Print, and Empire 1770-1820, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven and London, p. 47, fig. 31, NE2230 .F674 2019 (LC) Oversize [ORBIS]

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