Charles Gold's Oriental Drawings


Oriental Drawings is a collection of images produced from sketches made by Captain Charles Gold in India between 1791 and 1798 while he was serving in military campaigns against the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. The book was designed to appeal to contemporary taste for the 'exotic', and was dedicated to the war-time Governor General of India, Charles, Marquis Cornwallis (1738-1805).

In common with many other works of travel and topography of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the images in Oriental Drawings were etched almost entirely in aquatint, which produces a soft tonal quality.They were then enhanced with watercolour. This image is of a man performing a 'rolling pilgrimage'. (Next)