DANIELL, William (1769-1837)
View of the Palais Royal, drawn in Octr. 1827
London: Wiliiam Daniell, 15 August 1828. Hand-coloured aquatint engraving by Daniell. Sheet size: 18 x 28 3/8 inches.
A fine very rare architectural view of the residence of the Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans.
The scene that Daniell presents is full of life and interest: the foreground teems with figures going about the every day life of the palace, whilst to the left hand side building work progresses with workmen on scaffolding concentrating on hoisting a large block of stone shown half way up the façade. Although this print is not recorded by Sutton in his magisterial work on the Daniells, he does list a picture exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in the summer exhibition of 1828, titled `Scene in the grounds of H.R.H. the Duke of Orleans at Neuilly'. This may be of the same scene in which case it appears that Daniell issued the present print in an attempt to take advantage of the interest that the picture in the exhibition was generating.
William Daniell (1769-1837), nephew of Thomas Daniell, R.A. is best known for his views of eastern scenery. `In 1784 he accompanied his uncle to India, and there helped him with drawings and sketches. On their return in 1794 he worked upon their important publication, 'Oriental Scenery.' Between 1795 and 1838 he exhibited as many as 168 pictures at the Royal Academy and 64 at the British Institute. His earlier exhibits were Indian views, but from 1802 to 1807 he sent many views of the north of England and of Scotland. He published 'A Picturesque Voyage to India,' 'Zoography,' in conjunction with William Wood, F.S.A., 'Animated Nature,' 1807, 'Views of London,' 1812, and 'Views of Bhootan,' 1813, from drawings by Samuel Davis, of the East India Company's service, who visited Bhootan in 1783. In 1814 Daniell began 'A Voyage round Great Britain'; this was published in four volumes in 1825… He painted, together with Mr. E. T. Parris, a 'Panorama of Madras,' and afterwards, unaided, another of 'The City of Lucknow and the mode of Taming Wild Elephants.' He became a student of the Royal Academy in 1799, in 1807 was elected associate, and in 1822 a full member of that body.' (DNB).
Not in Sutton.