WILLIAM DANIELL 1769 – 1837 London Plate III (London Bridge – St Pauls Beyond) Aquatint, Tinted by hand Drawn and engraved by William Daniell Dated 1804 Frame size: 27 x 36 inches / 68.5 x 91.5 cm William Daniell, (1769-1837), was the elder son of the landlord of the Swan Inn in Chertsey. In 1779, on the death of his father, William Daniell was taken to London to be brought up by his uncle Thomas Daniell, an artist and member of the newly founded Royal Academy of Arts. He and his uncle spent the period 1785 to 1794 travelling around India, from which, on their return to England, they produced a series of aquatint prints which were published under the title Oriental Scenery. 'After the publication of the Oriental Scenery, William Daniell had clearly made up his mind that he would not be associated solely with India, and that his prowess as a draughtsman and as engraver in aquatint could well be employed for plates dealing with home scenery... in 1804-5, he made a start with a magnificent set of six views of London which show him at his very best as artist and engraver... These large views splendidly drawn, quiet and restrained in their colouring, stand at the high-water mark of aquatint in England' (Hardie & Clayton). William Daniell was a gifted artist in oils and watercolours. He excelled in transferring his pictures to prints using the aquatint technique. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1807, and a Royal Academician in 1822. The artistic work for which he is best known is, A Voyage Round Great Britain, which was published over the period 1814 to 1825, and includes 308 aquatint prints of coastal views. Seventeen of these prints are of the Hebridean Islands of Eigg, Rum, Skye and Raasay, which he visited in July and August 1815.