View of Fort St George, Madras
Title View of Fort St George, Madras
Accession Number acc-no-01653
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Wash and Tempera on Paper
Main Artist Thomas Daniell
Artist's Nationality United Kingdom
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1749 - 1840
Country Britain
Dimensions 54 cm x 35 cm
Brief Description The Daniell's were among the first wave of british artist's working in India and the views they brought back to Britain were novel and exciting. The fascination of India is evident in the way this landscape print has been romanticized, blending the artist's desire to capture the Indian 'country-side' with a 'whiteman's' requirement to document the 'Orient'. An exceptional water colour done in gray scale (B/w) of a scene from Fort St.George, present day Chennai. This painting depicts a procession, possibly of a royal order, passing over an arched bridge. In the background is the government building of St.George. The foreground in that occupies a larger portion than the background shows the water canal of Fort St.George, and civilians from different backgrounds, soldiers, cattle owners, going about their everyday routines.