Rare Paintings
 5 Sep 2016 Rare Paintings
Ganesha in Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan representations of Ganesha show ambivalent views of him. In one Tibetan form he is shown being trodden under foot by Mah?kala, a popular Tibetan deity. Other depictions show him as the Destroyer of Obstacles, sometimes dancing.

Ganapati, Maha Rakta (Tibetan: ... Read More
 5 Sep 2016 Rare Paintings
Ganesha

This is one of 12 miniatures from a manuscript of Hindu rituals and devotional tracts. The manuscript is written in the Sanskrit language, in Sarada script. It has 74 pages and was made in Kashmir during the 18th century.

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 5 Sep 2016 Rare Paintings
Verandah of the Ganesha Gumpha - 1839

This is plate 3 from James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The Ganeshagumpha is one of the best known of the 2000 year-old sandstone Jain caves of Udayagiri in Orissa. It consists of two cells with four doorways opening on to a ... Read More
 8 Aug 2016 Rare Paintings
South View of Bangalore - 1792

Ink wash drawing made of a south view of Bangalore with the fortress in the distance by Robert Home (1752-1834) in 1792. It is part of a series of 22 loose drawings together with a map and three plans completed by Home when he accompanied the British army under Cor... Read More
 8 Aug 2016 Rare Paintings
North view of Bangalore from the pettah, shewing the curtain and bastions that were breached - 1792

Etching with line-engraving of a north view of Bangalore from the Pettah by Burnet Reading after sketches Robert Home (1752-1834) had made when he had accompanied the troops in Lord Cornwallis's c... Read More
 8 Aug 2016 Rare Paintings
East View of Bangalore with the Cypress Garden (Lal Bagh) - 1792

Wash drawing showing Bangalore with the Cypress Garden by Robert Home (1752-1834) in 1792. This is one of a series of 22 loose drawings together with a map and three plans completed by Home when he accompanied the British army unde... Read More
 6 Aug 2016 Rare Paintings
View of Bombay, from Malabar Hills, with the Island of Caranjah and part of the Indian Continent in the distance - 1813

Plate twenty-two from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819)had arrived in Bombay in 1766 and spent eighteen years of his working-life in this r... Read More
 6 Aug 2016 Rare Paintings
A Distant View of the Temple at Alla Bhaugh, with different natives in the Concan - 1813

Plate 26 from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs", a work in the form of a series of letters richly illustrated, describing various aspects of nature, people and buildings he met with during ... Read More
 6 Aug 2016 Rare Paintings
A Mohamedan youth of distinction - 1813

Plate eighteen from the first volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs", a work based on copious notes and drawings made during his travels in India between the 1770s-80s. Forbes(1749-1819)spent most of his working life in Western India, particularly in G... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Jain cosmological mandala: plan of Adhaidvipa; Gujarat, 19th century.

Jain cosmological mandala: plan of Adhaidvipa, or the two and a half continents where mortals dwell. In Jain cosmography the universe is divided into three kingdoms: the upper, occupied by the celestials; the middle, by the mo... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Jambudvipa - Jain painting of the mortal realms of the universe

Painting on cotton
Deshnok, Rajasthan, dated 1844

In the Jain conception of the universe, between the heavens above and hells below is the middle world where mortals dwell, the only part of the universe from which the soul can ach... Read More
 24 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
The wedding procession of Prince Dara Shikoh

DescriptionPainting on both sides of paper. Recto: Prince Dara Shikoh rides on a white horse clad in patterned gold jama, gold and orange patka and gold turban. An attendant with morchal follows on foot behind. This is the procession of Dara Shikoh's ... Read More
 24 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Recreational painting depicting a man and woman drinking under a canopy. The man (kneeling to the left) offers a a wine cup to the lady, who, sitting directly opposite, gently clasps his extended arm while smelling the wine glass. Canopy sits slightly elevated above the ground and surrounded (vis... Read More
 24 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Prince Murad Bakhsh and Prince Aurangzeb
Mughal India, about 1630

Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

The two portraits of Mughal princes have been pasted to the same page and overpainted. On the left Murad Baksh, Shah Jahan's youngest son, wears pearls strung with emeralds and rubies, a pear... Read More
 17 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Painting of Benares on the banks of the Ganges, by William Carpenter, watercolour on paper, India, 1856.

This is a view of the ‘ghats’ or bathing places below Aurangzeb's mosque at the city of Benares (now Varanasi) as seen from the River Ganges, with pilgrims bathing and praying.

William Carpe... Read More
 16 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Painting of the Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri, by William Simpson, watercolour on paper, India, 1862

The Buland Darwaza (main gateway) of the Jami Masjid stands fifty-two metres high. The masjid, the principle building at Fatehpur Sikri was constructed by the Mughal emperor Akbar and completed ... Read More
 16 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Watercolour, worship of Devi, Kothi, Himalayas, William Simpson, 1860s

This painting depicts devotees worshipping the goddess Devi at Kothi near Chini (Kalpa) in present-day Himachal Pradesh. It shows villagers outside a temple, some playing trumpets, horns and drums, others carrying a portable ... Read More
 16 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Painting of the Taj Mahal from the Garden, Agra by William Simpson, waterolour on paper, India, 1864.

This picture shows the Taj Mahal, built in Agra in northern India between 1631 and 1648 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument is seen from t... Read More
 16 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Painting of the Kailasanatha temple, Ellora By William Simpson, watercolour on paper, India, 1862

Overview of the great rock-cut Kailasanatha temple at Ellora. Taken from the top of the temple, this image gives a sense of the immense scale of the architecture. There is a European couple on the r... Read More
 13 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Lucknow - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 19 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. Lucknow, situated on the river Gumti in Uttar Pradesh, was ruled by the Nawabs of Oudh (Avadh). Lord Dalhousie's annexation of Avadh in 1856 and the exile of the last Nawab, Wajid Ali Sh... Read More