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Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photography Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photography SIR THOMAS ANBUREY (1759 - 1849)
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(a) View of Golconda from a Range of Rocks West of it. (b) Hyderabad from the Musi River (Deccan) Aquatint drawn on the spot by Thomas Anbury of the Corps of Engineers. Published according to Act of Parliament, Jan 1st 1799 by Thos Anbury.
Sir Thomas Anburey (1759–1849)
Sketeches made by Thomas Anburey of the Bengal Engineers, while he was surveying a route in 1792 and 1793, resulted in the publication of another set of prints. The party started from Seringapatam, journeyed through Mysore and continued northwards into the Cuddapah district. Here they moved through the Gandikotta Pass, a deep gorge of the Penner River, and on to Hyderabad in the Deccan. After halting at Hyderabad, they went through Berar and Bundelkhand before reaching Kalpi on the Jumna.
By October 1793, Anburey had decided to publish a selection of his sketches. The Calcutta Gazette announced the list of subjects and invited subscriptions to be made to Messrs Paxton, Cockerell, Trail & Co. In 1799, Hindoostan scenery consisting of twelve select views of India, was published in London by Anburey himself. The aquatints were engraved by Francis Jukes and hand–coloured with delicate shades of watercolour. The views recall the progress of their journey and especially, according to the title page, ‘the difficulty of a March thro’ the Gundecotta Pass’. The set several scenes of Hyderabad shows the Musi River and city Walls along its banks. The Picturesque qualities of these prints convey nothing of the rigours as experienced by the army during this long march. Although Anburey attained the rank of Major–General, he failed in his ambition (unlike Robert Hyde Colebrooke), to become Surveyor– General of Bengal.
Ref: Scenic Spledours by Pheroza Godrej & Pauline Rohatgi.