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DANIELL, Thomas (1749--1840)
[Oriental scenery. Series 1]
Oriental scenery. Twenty-four views in Hindoostan, taken in the year 1789 and 1790; drawn and engraved by Thomas Daniell, and, with permission, respectfully dedicated to the Honorable Court of Directors of the East India Company. London, March 1. 1795.
London: [published as the Act directs for Thos. Daniell, by Robt. Bowyer at the Historic Gallery Pall Mall], 1795--[1797].
Text: 28 p. ; 21.0 cm. (8°)
Plates: aquat. t.-pl., 24 hand-col. aquat. pl. ; 78.0 cm. (1°)

Imprint from plate publication line. Daniell's Oriental scenery was published in six parts or series containing a total of 144 coloured aquatint plates and 6 uncoloured acquatint title-plates. An octavo pamphlet of text describing the plates was issued with each part. In addition to the present first series, Soane purchased the second (q.v.), third (q.v.), fifth (q.v.) and sixth (q.v.) series; he did not apparently acquire the fourth series of Twenty-four landscapes, (the fourth series) Views in Hindoostan, issued in seven parts in 1804--5 with letterpress dated May 1807. His interest in Daniell's Oriental Scenery may in some measure have been influenced by his longstanding acquaintance with the Daniells: Farington recorded being told by Thomas Daniell that 'he knew Soane when a boy at Chertsey, where He assisted his brother who was a Journeyman Bricklayer as Hod-boy' (Diary, ed. Garlick and Macintrye, VI, 1979, p. 2028). Equally important was the fact that his mentor, George Dance, included elements of Indian architecture in the facade of the Guildhall, 1788--89. There are frequent references to Oriental Scenery in Soane's lecture notes (Watkin, Soane, pp. 271-72, 494). An uncoloured aquatint of The Rope Bridge at Sirinagur, published in January 1805 in Series IV was given to Soane by Daniell on 21 December 1807 and in 1832 he bought two paintings directly from William Daniell (P244, P249). The plates of the first series were issued in pairs on the last day of every month between 31 March 1795 and January 1797. The Soane copy of the letterpress of the first series differs from that described in BAL in having the descriptive text printed recto and verso on twelve leaves (pp. 5--28; ff. A3-4, B-C4, D2) rather than on the rectos only of 26 leaves (ff. B-C8, D8). BAL, Early printed books, no. 799; Abbey, Travel, 420 'Part 1', p. 372ff.; Archer, Early views, p. 234; ESTC t147411.

Copy Notes Soane purchased the first number on 1 April 1795 (Jnl 3, p. 35), numbers 2 & 3 on 28 August 1795 and went on to buy the rest of this series in September 1796 (Journal 3, p. 151) and 23 March 1797 (Journal 3, p. 167). The total expenditure on the 12 numbers was 18 guineas. (Acct Bk 1797-1803, p. 19). The letterpress pamphlet is bound (1) with the texts of the other series, the Description of the ... model in ivory of the Taj Mahal, ... now exhibiting at No. 5, Haymarket, 1823 (q.v.) and A catalogue of the original sketches, ... by James Hakewill; and of drawings by J.M.W. Turner, [1818?] (q.v.).

Binding Text: C19th half calf, gilt double-rule spine, marbled-paper boards, black spine-label.
Plates: C19th portfolio, half sheep, gilt roll-tooled borders, marbled-paper boards, green and black spine-labels. The portfolio was bought from Thomas Daniell for £1 16s. on 9 October 1805. (Spiers Box 'Book purchases through personal friends'). The plates mounted on guards.

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