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James Rennell portrait engraving Dance Daniell India

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Major James Rennell


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Original antique portrait print


Major James Rennell, FRS (1742 - 1830) was an English geographer, historian and a pioneer of oceanography. Rennell was appointed surveyor-general of the East India Company's dominions in Bengal, with a commission in the Bengal Engineers, in 1764. Rennell's survey of Bengal was the first ever prepared. He is now known as the Father of Indian Geography. For a period of 13 years, during which he surveyed an area of about 300,000 square miles (780,000 km2), stretching from the eastern boundaries of Lower Bengal to Agra, and from the Himalayas to the borders of Bundelkhand and Chota Nagpur. He was promoted to Surveyor-General in 1767. Dance was an architect, draughtsman and founder member of the Royal Academy. This portrait comes from a series of chalk portraits that he did of his friends, 72 of which were engraved and published (1808-1814) by Daniell who was an engraver as well as a reknown landscape painter. Accompanied by original descriptive text.

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artist William Daniell RA (1769-1837) after George Dance the Younger (1741-1825)
method Soft ground etching
date 1808
size 270mm by 200mm (platemark)
SKU PT3189