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These two sheets from a sketchbook provide a panoramic view of an Indian landscape. Although we do not know who made these drawings, the sketchbook contains evidence that it was created by someone who travelled to India by sea in 1833. Such a voyage would take around six months.

Sketching allowed travellers to often document, and begin to comprehend, the new landscapes and environments they encountered. The panoramic format was frequently used, as it effectively conveyed a sense of the sublime, even overwhelming, extent and impact of these alien landscapes.

September 2004