A Boat's Crew of Lascars Attacking a Boa Constrictor,On one of the Islands in the Eastern Archipelago.
Printed by C Hullmandel [c.1835]
Lithograph, printed area 275 x 325mm (10¾ x 12¾) very large margins Bit dusty in margins.
Extremely scarce, unusual and dramatic scene from a sketch by William Daniell (1769-1837), landscape painter and engraver. Orphaned at an early age, Daniell was adopted by his uncle, with whom he spent several years in India (1786-93) which provided the source materials for many of his later prints and paintings. The same sketch by Daniell was also the source for a smaller engraving in John Hobart Caunter's 'The Oriental Annual, Or Scenes in India' (1835), which tells about how a crew moored at the Sunderbans (in Bangladesh and India) to search for fruit, left a man behind while they searched. He fell asleep in the heat, when: 'an enormous boa-constrictor emerged from the jungle, reached the boat, had already coiled its huge body around the sleeper, and was in the very act of crushing him to death, when his companions fortunately returned at this auspicious moment, and attacking the monster severed a portion of its tail, which so disabled it that it no longer retained the power of doing mischief. The snake was then easily despatched, and found to measure sixty-two feet and some inches in length'. Caunter also noted that the original picture of this subject by Daniell was then in the possession of 'le Baron de Noual de la Loyrie'.
Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 40162] £320.00