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    Sale 5429

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    24 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 164

    Thomas Daniell, R.A. (1749-1840) and William Daniell, R.A. (1769-1837)

    Distant view of Pir Pahar, near Monghyr

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    Thomas Daniell, R.A. (1749-1840) and William Daniell, R.A. (1769-1837)
    Distant view of Pir Pahar, near Monghyr
    inscribed and numbered 'N.13. Dist. View of Pere Pahar/near Monghyr' (on the reverse)
    pencil and watercolour on paper
    15¼ x 19½in. (38.8 x 49.5cm.)

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    Pir Pahar is a hill near Monghyr on the Ganges, crowned with the ruins of a Mughal house. The Daniells visited the site twice, in October 1788 and in July 1790, staying on both occasions at Bhagalpur. William notes in his journal for the 28 October 1788 that 'Un[cle] made a View of the Cols House, the hill house or Pere Pharree in the Distance as far as the first Bastion of the fort, from which I continued it to the Water Gate.' Two watercolours, formerly in the P&O Collection (Christie's, 24 September 1996, lot nos. 17 and 18), show the same subject from other sides of the hill. Thomas also painted an oil of the subject in 1813 (see M. Shellim, Oil Paintings of India and the East by Thomas Daniell, R.A. (1749-1840) and William Daniell, R.A. (1769-1837), London, 1979, p. 82, no. TD86).

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    Purchased by Sir Henry Russell from the artist's estate, circa 1845 and by descent within the Russell family until 1931.
    with Walker Gallery, London, 1933, no. 175c.
    with The Manning Galleries, London, September 1973.
    with Eyre and Hobhouse, 1981 when purchased by the present owner.