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    Thomas Daniell collection, 1803.
     
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    Creator: 
    Daniell, Thomas, 1749-1840
    Title: 
    Thomas Daniell collection, 1803.
    Phy. Description: 
    1 vol. : ill.; 77 x 59 cm. & 1 pencil and wash sketch (73 x 46 cm.)
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    Bio / His Notes: 
    These aquatints depict the archaeological site known as Ellora, located approximately 19 miles from the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Known for its monumental caves, Ellora is an outstanding example of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" – structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills – are Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries, dating from between the 5th century and 10th century. English landscape painter Thomas Daniell (1749-1840), who is best known for his monumental 6-volume work "Oriental Scenery", visited Ellora at some point during his 10 years of travel in India. Coming at a time when there was increased interest on the part of the English elite in the customs, culture and architecture of distant lands, Daniell's work offered a new vision of "exotic" India that would influence both decorative artists and architects.
    Summary: 
    Collection consists of two items: 1. "Oriental Scenery, Vol. 5. Hindoo Excavations in the Mountain of Ellora, near Aurungabad, in the Decan." Atlas folio, 77 x 59 cm., bound in contemporary quarter roan over marbled boards, with 24 hand-colored aquatints by James Wales under the direction of Thomas Daniell and an engraved aquatint title page. Self-published by Daniell in London, 1808. Depicts images of the rock-cut architecture at the Ellora Caves near Aurangabad. 2. Original pencil and wash sketch by Thomas Daniell, depicting a waterfront scene populated by a group of small figures, some holding umbrellas. Unsigned, undated, 73 x 46 cm, backed with thicker paper.
    Organization: 
    2 folders, 3 linear feet
    Provenance: 
    Purchase, 2001.
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    Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Rock-cut architecture -- India
    Subject - Geographical: 
    India
    Ellora Caves (India)
    India Maharashtra Ellora Caves
    Form / Genre: 
    Aquatints
    Drawings
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
    Local Number: 
    A2001.04
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