The town of Dalmau situated in present day Uttar Pradesh on the banks of the Ganges, lies roughly fifty
miles from Lucknow. It is likely that the watercolour Dalmow on the Ganges was painted on the return
journey to Calcutta in July 1789 around the time when the Daniells stayed with Claude Martin in Lucknow. As Martin was a trusted advisor of the Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah the Daniells were introduced to both the British Community and Indian Nobility at court, and the interaction between British and Indian artists at the time in the court of Lucknow is notable. Interestingly, Thomas Daniell was also asked by Martin to finish some sketches by Johann Zoffany that he had in his possession.
Although Dalmow on the Ganges was never turned into a print by the Daniells, in 1804 Edward Orme
published ‘Twenty Four Views in Hindostan’ that included ten views based on paintings by Thomas
Daniell including plate 15, Dalmow on the Ganges. The print published by Orme is of the same view as
the current watercolour but taken at a slightly sharper angle to the river.