Thomas Daniell
Idgah at Amroha 1810

Artwork details

Thomas Daniell 1749–1840
Idgah at Amroha
Date 1810
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 981 x 1359 mm
frame: 1115 x 1500 x 75 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Not on display

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Amroha lies to the east of Delhi in the north of India. The artist, Thomas Daniell, saw this Idgah (Muslim religious building) while travelling in India with his nephew and collaborator William during the years 1786-94. The Daniells’ paintings and prints, particularly the publication Oriental Scenery (1795-1808), introduced a western audience to the landscapes of India.

The trees that frame and balance the scene were a well-established pictorial convention, derived from the classical landscape paintings of the French artist Claude Lorrain. In this way, Daniell’s picture casts an unfamiliar landscape into a format more familiar to western eyes.

October 2013

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