DANIELL, William (1769-1837, engraver) - Samuel DAVIS (1760-1819, artist and explorer)
The Palace of the Deib Rajah at Tassisudon
London: published by William Daniell, 1813. Hand-coloured aquatint by Daniell after Davis. In good condition apart from some expertly repaired marginal tears. Sheet size: 12 7/8 x 16 3/4 inches.
A fine and rare image of Bhutan by the first western artist to paint in the Himalayas, in what is now called Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Samuel Davis, the first Western artist to paint the Himalayas, was also the only Western artist of distinction to work in Bhutan in the nineteenth century. Unusually, Daniell has signed the engravings in this series that he has produced from the work of another artist - this was apparently because Davis was a good friend. This image is from a very rare series of six plates that were published by Daniell in 1813, they were accompanied by an uncoloured aquatint title Views in Bootan. Only two complete copies of this set of views are listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty years.
Abbey Travel II,434, no. 4; cf. Hardie & Clayton Thomas Daniell ... William Daniell (1932) p. 31; cf. Sutton The Daniells (1954) 50; cf. Tooley 176.