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 1 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
A painting of a scribe, dressed in white kneeling on the ground - 1830

Painted in Panjab Hills
Painted on paper

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 1 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
A scribe

Patna, India

Date: ca. 1826

Watercolour

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 31 Mar 2013 New Books
New Book:
Illustrating India: The Early Colonial Investigations of Colin MacKenzie (1784-1821)
By Jennifer Howes
Published by Oxford University Press - 2010

Colin Mackenzie, the first Surveyor General of India, left behind a massive collection of manuscripts and drawings gathered between 1784 an... Read More
 26 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache and watercolour, Six figures depicting military uniforms, Tanjore, ca. 1830

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 26 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache and watercolour, of three couples; potter, barber and washerman. Tanjore, ca. 1830

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 26 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache and watercolour, Three couples; Two Kshatriya couples and a Gujarati couple , from a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processions, Tanjore, ca. 1830

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 26 Mar 2013 Article/Essay
Essay:
Painting Processions:
The Social and Religious Landscape of Southern India in a 'Company’ Album
By Crispin Branfoot

Travellers and residents in foreign countries often take home images of the places and people they have encountered, both as personal mementos and to inform their frie... Read More
 26 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Nautch party

Thanjavur, India - 1830 ca.
Watercolour and gouache on paper

Nautch party; a dancing girl followed by six male musicians and three other members of the party. The men are playing hand cymbals, a violin, a flute, a meridanga and a bag pipe. The dancing girl and musicians are dresse... Read More
 24 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
A Bishop and a teacher from the Malabar Coast, India. Watercolour drawing.

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 13 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Wash drawing of a tomb at Rauza by an anonymous artist, dated 23rd September (probably 1849). This is one of 83 drawings (78 folios) mainly of landscapes and antiquities in the northem Deccan, made during a tour chiefly to Ellora, Rauza, Daulatabad, Aurangabad and Ajanta between September and Nov... Read More
 12 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
View of Rauza from cave temple of Jagannath Sabha, Cave 33, Ellora - 1849

Wash drawing of Rauza from the cave temple of Jagannath Sabha by an anonymous artist in 1849. This is one of 83 drawings (78 folios) mainly of landscapes and antiquities in the northem Deccan, made during a tour chiefly ... Read More
 12 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Muslim mausoleum, probably at Rauza - 1849

Wash drawing of a Muslim tomb, probably at Rauza by an anonymous artist dated 22nd September (probably 1849). This is one of 83 drawings (78 folios) mainly of landscapes and antiquities in the northem Deccan, made during a tour chiefly to Ellora, Rauz... Read More
 10 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
A male member of William Fullerton's household seated on a European chair smoking a 'huqqa' and holding a sword and a 'lota'

Murshidabad, India

ca. 1760 - ca. 1764 (painted)

Gouache on paper

A man wearing a red 'lungi' or 'dhoti' is smoking a nargila, a sword under his arm and holds ... Read More
 10 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
A lady of William Fullarton's household seated on European chair, smoking a 'huqqa'

Murshidabad, India

ca. 1760 - ca. 1764

Opaque watercolour on paper

Style of Dip Chand, Murshidabad/ c.1760-3

These are two of a series of studies of members of his household and other native char... Read More
 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Malhar Rao Holkar. Coloured lithograph.

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 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting showing Jaswant Rao (Holkar) and Mihak Singh sitting with Jodh Singh, Lal Singh and Sahib Singh; representatives of the Phulkian rulers.

ca.1850, Sikh Style

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 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting of Jaswant Rao (Holkar) in the centre, Ranjit Singh dressed in red to the left and Mir Khan smoking a pipe on the right, seated on a mat with attendants. The scene depicts one of the meetings which took place at the end of 1805, when Jaswant Rao Holkar, defeated at the battles of Fatehga... Read More
 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Pheel Khana - Elephants' quarters, Holkar's camp - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 31 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The royal elephants of the Maharaja Holkar are being prepared for a ceremonial ride by their mahouts or handlers. They are caparisoned with rich ... Read More
 4 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
IRREGULAR CAVALRY
Bengal Irregular Cavalry

At first these units were called Local Horse and were raised by Europeans from volunteers who owned their own horse and equipment and were prepared to provide for themselves in the field. This was called the sillidar system. Sometimes a local leader ... Read More
 4 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Lord Moira's European servants seated on an elephant - 1814

Watercolour of European servants on an elephant from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Mohumdy to Gheen Vol. V' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-Gener... Read More