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 12 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
Procession réligieuse dans les galeries du couvent de Ramisseram près de Ceylan - June 1841

Lithograph of a religious procession inside the Ramalingeshwara Temple at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu near Sri Lanka by L.H. de Rudder (1807-1881) after the original drawing of June 1841 by Prince Aleksan... Read More
 12 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
Temple at Rameswaram - 1809

This aquatint was taken from plate 9 of Salt's 'Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt'. Viscount Valentia, George Annesley described this temple at Rameshvaram (in Tamil Nadu) as: "one of the most sacred and most sp... Read More
 12 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
A cavern on the summit of Mt. Jetting, Rameswaram - December 1800

Pen-and-ink and water-colour drawing of a cavern on the summit of Mt. Jetting, Rameswaram by Colin MacKenzie (1754-1821) dated December 1800.

Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'A Cavern on the Summit of the Mountain of Jetting -... Read More
 10 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
Painting of the Ghats on the banks of the river Jumna, Mathura - 1865
By William Simpson

Watercolour on paper

The scene depicts the ghats on the bank of the River Jumna, Mathura (U.P). It includes the quadrangular tower, the San Burj built in in the 16th century, which commemorates the Raja o... Read More
 11 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Pen-and-ink and wash by George Chinnery of an Indian villager with a bullock, dated between 1808 and 1822. Inscribed on front in ink is: 'Hindoo Costume from Nature. Chinnery.'

India has the largest number of cows and buffaloes in the world. Cows are regarded as sacred by the Hindus and are a sy... Read More
 10 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Nandi, The Great Bull at Tanjore - 1798

Plate 22 from the second set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery'. The Brihadishvara Temple at Thanjavur is the greatest temple of the Chola period. It was patronised by Rajaraja I around AD 1000-10. The pavilion represented in the print was ... Read More
 16 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
The Beach at Cape Comorin - 1860
by Robert Bruce Foote

Pen-and-ink and wash drawing of the beach at Cape Comorin (Kanniyakumari) by Robert Bruce Foote (1835-1912) in 1860. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'R.B. Foote delt. 18.9.1860'; on the back: 'View of Cape Comorin, the Kumla Kumari Pagoda,... Read More
 14 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
View of the hill fort, Trichinopoly - 1805
By William Orme

Watercolour

William Orme, who was active from about 1795 to 1819, was born in Manchester and was almost certainly the younger brother of Daniel Orme (also born in Manchester), and older brother of Edward Orme. An early watercolour by hi... Read More
 14 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
'View of part of St. Thorne Street, Fort St. George' - 1805
By William Orme

Watercolour

William Orme, who was active from about 1795 to 1819, was born in Manchester and was almost certainly the younger brother of Daniel Orme (also born in Manchester), and older brother of Edward Orme. An early ... 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 C... 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
 13 Jul 2016 Article/Essay
Biography:
William Simpson (1823-1899) -- "Prince of Pictorial Correspondents"
By Adrian Lipscomb (Simpson's Great Grandson)

William Simpson is widely-known known today as the war artist whose first-hand depiction of the Crimean War helped bring home the reality of that ill-managed campaign to t... Read More
 13 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
The Chitpore Road, Calcutta - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 3 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. This is a a Bazaar or line of native shops along the Chitpore Road in Calcutta, leading northwards to Cossipore, Dum Dum and Barrackpore. Many different nationalities ... Read More
 13 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
A street in Bombay - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 4 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The artist depicts the teeming street of the bustling city of Bombay (Mumbai), a hub of India trade. A distinct feature of the architecture was the elaborate red-and-green colo... Read More
 13 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Delhi jeweller - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 18 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. Simpson's work was particularly novel in that it depicted scenes from everyday India. The work of jewellers was an integral part of Indian life. They were highly skilled craftsmen... Read More
 2 Jun 2016 Rare Paintings
Evening in Benares, India

By William Rothenstein (1872–1945)

Credit : Museums Sheffield Read More