The Grand Mughals - Babur to Bahadur Shah Zafar (1526-1857)

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 25 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
A panorama in 12 folds showing the procession of the Emperor Bahadur Shah to celebrate the feast of the Eid - 1843

[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as... Read More
 21 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
The vivid paintings that record a Briton's love of Delhi
By William Dalrymple
BBC News - 19 September 2015

A book of illustrations painted in the 1840s captures the Indian capital, Delhi, in all its glory shortly before the 19th Century's biggest anti-colonial revolt - and the British b... Read More
 21 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
Portrait of Emperor Jahangir Riding an Elephant
First half of the 18th century
India, Mughal Dynasty (1526-1756)

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 20 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
An elephant fight on a hillside, mahouts astride the two charging beasts, others rushing forward with firebrands, two platoons of soldiers watching from either side
Mughal, circa 1760

Gouache on paper, mounted on an album page with floral borders, verso a calligraphic exercise in shikasteh scri... Read More
 20 Sep 2015 New Books
New Book:
Mughal Warfare: Indian Frontiers and Highroads to Empire 1500–1700
By J.J.L. Gommans
Published by Routledge - 2003

Mughal Warfare offers a much-needed new survey of the military history of Mughal India during the age of imperial splendour from 1500 to 1700. Jos Gommans looks at warfare... Read More
 26 Aug 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Agra, historical & descriptive with an account of Akbar and his Court and the modern city of Agra.
By Syed Muḥammad Latif (1851-1902)
Printed at The Calcutta Central Press Co., Calcutta - 1896

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 4 Apr 2015 Rare Paintings
Virgin and Child - 1605 AD

Single-page drawing after an engraving by the Flemish artist Bernard van Orley (1492-1542). Dedication to Shah Salim Jahangir before his accession to the imperial throne in 1605 and artist's signature at lower left above figure's knee. Void background. Inscribed.
Ink, ... Read More
 3 Aug 2014 Rare Paintings
A Fraser Album Artist: An elephant and driver, probably from the Mughal Emperor's stable, with a hunting howdah equipped with a rifle, bows and a pistol.
Delhi, 1815-19 ca.

Pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour and gold, on paper, inscribed upper left Mawla Bakhsh in Persian in nast... Read More
 15 May 2014 Rare Paintings
Watercolour, Mosque of Aurangzeb, Ganges, Benares, William Simpson, 1864.

The watercolour depicts the Mosque of Aurangzeb and Panchganga Ghat from the Ganges.

William Simpson was born on 28 October 1823 in Glasgow. Following a seven-year apprenticeship with a specialist lithographic firm, he mo... Read More
 23 Nov 2013 Video

An innovative approach to storytelling combining the static character of Indian miniature paintings and the kinetic properties of film, the 20-minute short film The Sword and the Flute (1959), written, directed and produced by James Ivory, tells the story of med... Read More
 23 Nov 2013 Video

The Great Moghuls (1990) is a Channel 4 documentary series covering the dramatic story of the rise of the Moghul Empire (1526-1857) of India. Over six generations, from father to son, the Great Moghuls captured, consolidated and profoundly influenced control of the vast ... Read More
 21 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Man feeding an elephant. Single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. Man feeds elephant chained to a post; sparse green-yellow background; red border outlined in gold and containing scrolling leaf design. No text.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

Mughal Style
Mughal dyna... Read More
 20 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Tasviri Akbar Padeshah va Sheik Saltm Chisti

Single-page painting on a detached album folio. The Mughal emperor Akbar seated under a tree with Shaykh Salim Chisti, one attendant, two female musicians and a goatherd with his goats and dog.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
Mughal Sty... Read More
 20 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Pír Dastgír
On paper

Mughal Style
18th Century(late)

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 20 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Woman playing vina to Miyan Sari at night.

Opaque watercolour on paper.
Mughal Style
Mughal dynasty
17th Century (late)

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 20 Nov 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Mughal Administration
By Jadunath Sarkar
Published by M.C.Sarkar & Sons, Calcutta - 1920

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An Officer in white jama with sword.
Gouache on paper.
Mughal Style
18th century

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 19 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
A Mughal Nobleman visits Two Shaykhs

This painting, in the Northern Deccan Style, depicts a Mughal grandee, indentified by a later inscription as 'Mirza Mumin Beg, governor of Allahabad', an important Mughal province in Northern India. He kneels before two elderly sages, who are seated on a ga... Read More
 19 Nov 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
A History of Persian Language and Literature at the Mughal Court (Babur to Akbar)
By Muhammad Abdul Ghani
Published by The Indian Press Ltd., Allahabad - 1929

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 16 Nov 2013
Wine cup of Jahangir
Nephrite jade, Mughal, dated 1022 AH/1613-14 AD.

This wine cup of dark green nephrite jade was owned by the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r.1605-1627), whose name is included in the Persian verses incised in nasta'liq script round the rim and filled at a later date with white com... Read More
 16 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Portrait of Emperor Jahangir with his sons Khusraw and Parviz.

Jahangir is shown seated under a canopy giving private audience to his two sons. The emperor is surrounded by five figures comprising the two princes bearing fruit and wine, two servants and a page holding a flywhisk. The figures a... Read More