Pagoda at Tanjore
Colour aquatintpublished 1 May 1809
About the work
Place: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Whitehall
About the artist
John Bluck was an aquatint engraver, mainly of topographical views, but also of marine and sporting subjects after his contemporaries. He produced plates for numerous publications.
Henry Salt was born and educated in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He studied under watercolourist John Glover, before moving to London in 1797 and becoming a pupil of landscape painter Joseph Farington and portraitist John Hoppner. In 1802 he made an Eastern tour of India and Ceylon as secretary and draughtsman to British peer and politician George Annesley, Viscount Valentia. They returned via Ethiopia and Egypt, arriving back in England in 1806. In 1809 Salt was sent to Abyssinia on a mission to deliver gifts and report back to the British government. He returned in 1811. Four years later he was appointed Consul General in Egypt and while there devoted himself to the study and excavation of antiquities. He died near Alexandria, aged just 47.
- Pagoda at Tanjore
- Portfolio Title
- Twenty-four Views taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, The Red Sea, Abyssinia & Egypt
- published 1 May 1809
- Colour aquatint
- Purchased from Francis Edwards, June 1954
- GAC number