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 11 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A Bairagi or Hindu Ascetic
By Captain Robert Melville Grindlay
c.1820
Oil on canvas, 42 x 36 cm

A painting of an Hindu ascetic (bairagi). Grindlay served with the 7th Bombay Native Infantry from 1804 to 1820, and after he retired from India founded the banking firm of Grindlay & Company.

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 11 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
The sacred town and temple of Dwaraka
Captain ROBERT MELVILLE GRINDLAY

Plate from:
Scenery, Costumes, and Architecture, Chiefly on the Western Side of India, 6 parts in one vol., first edition, hand-coloured engraved general title, 36 hand-coloured aquatint plates after Grindlay, Westall, Stanfi... Read More
 11 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Aurangabad from the ruins of Aurungzebe's Palace, drawn in 1813

This is plate 28 of Robert Melville Grindlay's 'Scenery, Costumes and Architecture chiefly on the Western Side of India". Grindlay (1786-1877) was in the service of the East India Company and also worked as an artist. During his sta... Read More
 10 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Robert Melville Grindlay - 1826

The Rajah of Cutch with his Vassalls
Hand-coloured aquatints after Grindlay and Westall, framed and glazed, sheet size 280 x 325mm., R. Ackermann

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 4 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Circle of George Chinnery (British, 1774-1852)

A landscape, probably in Bengal, with a mansion in classical style in the distance, peasants and cattle in the foreground, early 19th Century.

Oil on canvas

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 4 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
George Chinnery R.H.A. (British, 1774-1852)

A Bengal hut
Watercolour

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 6 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Illustration from the book:
INDIA
By Pierre Loti
Translated from the French by George A. F. Inman (of Bowdon)
Published by T. W. Laurie, London - 1913 Read More
 6 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Illustration from the book:
INDIA
By Pierre Loti
Translated from the French by George A. F. Inman (of Bowdon)
Published by T. W. Laurie, London - 1913 Read More
 6 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Avenue of Oreodoxa Palms

Illustration from the book:
INDIA
By Pierre Loti
Translated from the French by George A. F. Inman (of Bowdon)
Published by T. W. Laurie, London - 1913 Read More
 15 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Temple near Bangalore with Nandidrug in the distance - 1792
By Thomas Daniell

Pencil and wash drawing of the temple near Bangalore with Nandidrug in the distance, dated 1 May 1792. Inscribed on back in ink is: '13. Near Bangalore'; in pencil: 'Near Bangalore. Nundyroog in the distance. No. 18... Read More
 15 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
View near Bangalore - 1808

Plate 17 from the fifth set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery' called 'Antiquities of India.' The group of structures in this print are close to the GANGADHARESHVARA TEMPLE, south of Bangalore. The Daniells wrote, 'The neighbourhood of Bangalore is re... Read More
 15 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
The Gavi Gangadhareshvara Temple, Bangalore - 1804

Plate nineteen in 'Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore' by James Hunter. This aquatint is based on a picture by Hunter, and contrary to its assigned title -'A Moorish Mosque At Bangalore', represents a Hindu temple.

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 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour drawing of a European house in Madras (Chennai) with a palanquin and carriage at the door and a watercarrier in the foreground by Justinian Gantz(1802-1862) in 1832. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Just Gantz 1832.' Justinian Gantz, eldest son of John Gantz, is described in the 'E... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour drawing of a European house in Madras (Chennai) by Justinian Gantz (1802-1862) in 1841. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Madras, 1841.' Justinian Gantz, eldest son of John Gantz, is described in the 'East India Register' as 'Miniature Painter'. He married Ann Philipina Martin at Bl... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour drawing of the Merchants' buildings at Chennai (Madras) by John Gantz in 1829. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'J. Gantz & Son. 1829.' John Gantz, probably of Austrian extraction, was employed as a draftsman and surveyor by the East India Company from about 1800 to 1803, eventually... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Watercolour of the general view of temples at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, by John Gantz, c. 1825. Inscribed: 'N.' 'Easterly View of the Village Pagodas and adjacent Mountain Mahabalipoorum from an Original sketch by Mr Braddock. J. Gantz'.

John Gantz (1772-1853) and his son Justinian ran a lit... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour drawing of the Board of Trade and Customs House at Chennai (Madras) by John Gantz (1772-1853) in 1822. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'John Gantz. 1822'. John Gantz produced standard topographical drawings for sale to Europeans in Madras, making in some cases several versions of t... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour view of a waterfall at Sivasamudram by Justinian Gantz (1802-1862) in 1833. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Just Gantz. 1833'; on the back in ink: 'The Great Fall of the Western branch of the Cavary at Shevasamadroo.'

The Cauvery or Kaveri is a sacred river in southern India. I... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour drawing by John Gantz of the temple at Kolar, dated circa 1800. Inscribed on the front in ink: 'S.' 'View of the Pagoda Antergunay and Tank on the Hill near Colar. J. Gantz Delt.'

The Kolar district in Karnataka is bounded by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and possesses numerous te... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Article/Essay
John and Justinian Gantz…

Extract from Madras Miscellany
By S. Muthiah
Published by East West Books - 2011 Read More