Thomas Daniell Collection
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Collection ID:
Daniell, Thomas, 1749-1840
Physical Description:
1 Item
1 vol.
77 x 59 cm.
1 Item
pencil and ink wash on paper (73 x 46 cm.)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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.

2 folders, 3 linear feet

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A2001.04

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Purchase, 2001.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Rock-cut architecture -- India Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ellora Caves (India) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aquatints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India -- Maharashtra -- Ellora Caves Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013