Rare Paintings
 2 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Turkey cock, by Mansur, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, ca. 1612

The painting of a North American turkey cock done for the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) records its arrival at the court in 1612. Jahangir had asked his friend Muqarrab Khan to procure rarities of any kind at... Read More
 2 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A Himalayan Cheer Pheasant
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Mughal, ascribed to Mansur
c. 1620

Mansur is famous for his studies of birds, animals and flowers. He began his illustrious career during Akbar’s reign and continued to work in the royal library for Jahangir. He and other arti... Read More
 28 Nov 2016 Rare Paintings
A Thames Wharf - 1757
By Samuel Scott

London began in ancient times as a small settlement next to a crossing point of the Thames, and until the mid-19th century the river was still the main route through which all the trading wealth flowed into the City. The docks were literally the gateway to t... Read More
 22 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Temple at Shivganga in the Salt Range of the Punjab, now in Pakistan - 1860

Pencil drawing of a temple at Shivganga in the Salt Range of the Punjab, now in Pakistan, by Sir Henry Yule, dated March 1860. The image is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Ancient Buddhist portion of a Temple at Sheog... Read More
 21 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
-- Pablo Picasso Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
The Market Place of Trichinopoly showing officers of the Madras Light Infantry, 1800.

Oil on canvas by Philip Le Couteur (1777-1807), 1800.

Trichinopoly (Tiruchchirappalli, Tamil Nadu) is situated on the bank of the River Cauvery (Kaveri) about 56 miles (90km) from the sea, south-west of Madras... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
6th Gurkha Rifles, 1908 (c).

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1908 (c).

Six soldiers of the 6th Gurkhas spread out along a high ridge, one with binoculars. They wear rifle green uniform with black braid, black gaiters and black 'Kilmarnock' caps. The traditional kukri figh... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Musalman of the Mysore Transport Corps and a Madrasi Musalman of the Mysore Lancers, 1910.

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1910.

A dismounted Indian officer standing beside a mounted lancer. The Mysore state forces included a lancer unit, reorganised in 1892 for the Imper... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Mahratta Light Infantry, 1908 (c).

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1908 (c).

Four figures representing the 103rd Mahratta Light Infantry, 110th Mahratta Light Infantry, 114th Mahrattas and 116th Mahrattas. In 1922 the Mahratta regiments were merged to form a single unit a... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Carnatic Infantry, 1908 (c).

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1908 (c).

The seven figures shown here are from the 86th, 75th, 80th and 73rd Carnatic Infantry, the 63rd Palamcottah Light Infantry and the 83rd Wallajahbad Light Infantry. These regiments were originally part ... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Rajput Regiments, 1908 (c).

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1908 (c).

Six uniformed figures and a bheestie (water seller) with leather flask. The units depicted are: 13th Rajputs Infantry (The Shekhawati Regiment); 7th Duke of Connaught's Own Rajputs; 16th (Rajputs) The L... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Brahmans of Oudh and the North West Provinces from 1st and 3rd Brahmans, 1908 (c).

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1908 (c).

A subadar stands at the front while behind him two sepoys in dress and active service uniform can be seen. The Indian soldiers of this unit came fr... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Risaldar-Major of 14th Murray's Jat Lancers, 1909.

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1909.

The Risaldar-Major, the most senior Indian officer of his regiment, rides at the head of a troop with sword drawn. His regiment was originally raised in 1857 as The Jat Horse Yeomanry... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Sowars of the former 'Hyderabad Contingent' Cavalry, 1910.

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1910.

These sowars include a mounted Jat Lance Daffadar of the 30th Lancers (Gordon's Horse), a Sikh of the 20th Deccan Horse and a Dekhani Musalman Risaldar of the 29th Lancers (De... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
'Punjabi Musalman subadar and sepoys of the 33rd Punjabis', 1908 (c).

Watercolour by Major Alfred Crowdy Lovett (1862-1919), 1908 (c).

Half of the men in the 33rd were Punjabi Musalmans (Muslims), the remainder of the regiment being recruited from Pathans and Sikhs (two companies each). In July... Read More
 3 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Chromolithograph pictorial label used for the advertisement and sale of bales of cloth and individual fabric lengths; printed on paper. Durgā, portrayed with ten arms, is standing on the head of the Mahiṣa, the buffalo demon.

20thC(early)
Designed in: India
Printed in Britain for export to In... Read More
 3 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Seated portrait of Devi, the Great Goddess, showing her eight arms bearing attributes of her divine powers - the conch, goad, lotus, discus, shield, mace, banner, and the sword. The goddess is depicted in a palace setting, is nimbate, and seated on a lotus seat on a hexagonal golden throne with a... Read More
 2 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Goddess Durga Slaying the Demon Nishumbha
Folio from a Devimahatmya (Glory of the Goddess)
India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, circa 1825-1850
Opaque watercolor, gold, silver, and ink on paper

Credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Read More
 1 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
The Gods adoring Durga after Her defeat of a demon
Folio from a Devimahatmya (Glory of the Goddess)
India, Madhya Pradesh, Chatarpur (Bundelkhand), circa 1775

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Image credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Read More
 1 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Religious Procession: Durga
India, West Bengal, Murshidabad, circa 1800
Opaque watercolor on mica

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