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Thomas Daniell, R.A.
JUMBA KRISHNA ON THE ISLAND OF SERINGHAM, INDIA
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Thomas Daniell, R.A.
JUMBA KRISHNA ON THE ISLAND OF SERINGHAM, INDIA
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Thomas Daniell, R.A.
KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES 1749 - 1840 LONDON
JUMBA KRISHNA ON THE ISLAND OF SERINGHAM, INDIA
Watercolour over pencil on watermarked laid paper;
inscribed and dated, versoJumba Krishna - / on the Island of Seringham. / June 7 1792 
380 by 550 mm
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Provenance

With Hobhouse Ltd. London;
sale, London, Christie's, 19 November 1985, lot 18

Catalogue Note

Between 1785 and 1793, Thomas Daniell, together with his nephew William, travelled extensively in India. He drew this watercolour on the 7 June 1792 and William noted in his journal: 'We spent the day on the Island of Seringham – made drawings of the Great Pagoda & great gate leading to it’.1

The Island of Seringham is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and the temple complex, which is now known as Sri Ranganathaswamy, dates to the ninth century. It is, in fact, the largest Hindu temple in the world. 

Over and above simply recording the fine architectural details of the great buildings, Thomas brings the scene to life through his inclusion of the two monumental temple chariots, known as rathas, as well as the camels, the cattle, the birds and the people.

1. M. Hardie and M. Clayton, ‘Thomas Daniel, R.A. and William Daniell, R.A.’, Walker’s Quarterly, London 1932, p. 83

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