Samuel Daniell

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"A Boosh-Wannah Hut" (1804)

Samuel Daniell (born 1775 in Chertsey; died in Sri Lanka on 16 December 1811) was an English painter of natural history and other scenes in Africa and Ceylon.[1]


Daniell is perhaps best known as the appointed artist for an expedition to Africa and the renderings he did there of African animals.[2] In December, 1799, he went to South Africa for the first time.[3] The drawings he made in southern Africa including a journey to Bechuanaland were published by his brother William Daniell in London.[1] During the trip to Bechuanaland he was named the official secretary and artist for the trip. The trip went from Cape of Good Hope to Bechuanaland.[3] He returned to England from the trip and co-published with William Daniell and Thomas Daniell, African Scenery and Animals, in 1804.[1][3]

He later on lived in Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, from 1806 to his death from tropical fever.[3][4] Twelve of his drawings also were published by his brother in 1806 with the title: A Picturesque Illustration of the Scenery, Animals and Native Inhabitants of Ceylon.[1]

After Samuel Daniell's death, further engravings based on his drawings were published: In 1820, forty-eight lithographs titled Sketches Representing the Native Tribes and Scenery of Southern Africa, and in 1832, Twenty Varied Subjects of the Tribe of Antelopes.[1]


Further reading[edit]

  • Sutton, Thomas. The Daniells: artists and travellers (Bodley Head, 1954).

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