21 September 2000
THOMAS DANIELL and WILLIAM DANIELL
The Rock of Tritchinopoly, taken on the River Cauvery; View in the fort of Tritchinopoly (Abbey 420, no.s 45 & 49; Archer II, 19 & 21)
hand-coloured aquatints, December 1797 and July 1798, framed and glazed, unexamined out of frames (light surface browning to second print)
Image: 450 x 600mm
5 June 1792: 'The fort of Tritchinopoly belongs to the nabob of the Carnatic, but is garrisoned by the English. Its walls are nearly 4 miles in extent, and surrounded by a broad deep ditch'.
The Daniells, conscious of the popularity of the site among the British, devoted four aquatints to Trichinopoly. The site had become a popular symbol of national prowess at arms, when Mohammad Ali, whose rights as nobob of the Carnatic were supported by the British, had been beseiged by the French, who supported his rival, Chanda Sahib. Captain Robert Clive managed to raise the siege in 1752 but it was not until the treaty of Paris (1763) that Mohammad Ali was recognised as Nawab. (2)
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