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 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Watercolour drawing of a ruined temple north of Mamallapuram, by John Gantz, c. 1825. From a sketch by Mr J. Braddock.

John Gantz (1772-1853) and his son Justinian ran a lithographic press, but are remembered best for their watercolours of flat-top houses and public buildings in and around Che... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Watercolour of the five 'rathas' at Mamallapuram, by John Gantz, c.1825. Inscribed: 'North View of the 5 Pagodas about one mile south of Mahabilipoorum showing also a Lion and Elephant, the latter as large as life, the former larger, the whole cut sculptured from solid Granite stones - from a Ske... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour drawing by Justinian Gantz of pilgrims and Hindu ascetics, Madras, dated 1841. Inscribed on front in ink: 'Pilgrims, Sainashees, Bairaghees, Pandarams. Just Gantz. Popham's Broadway. No.35. Madras 1841.'

This drawing depicts a group of Hindu pilgrims and ascetics. The horizontal w... Read More
 14 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour by Justinian Gantz, The Teppakkulam or Raft Festival, Madras, 1841. Inscribed on front in ink: 'Teppel Colum, or Tank-feast. Just Gantz. Popham's Broadway. No.35. Madras, 1841.' The Tamil word 'Teppam or Teppal' means 'raft', and 'kulam' is the 'pool' in which the deity floats on the... Read More
 11 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
A view on the road at Struppermador - 1804

Plate twenty four in 'Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore' by James Hunter. This aquatint is based on a picture by Hunter showing a tomb Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Sriperumbudur is best known as the birthplace of the 11th century Hindu philos... Read More
 11 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Plate twenty two in 'Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore' by James Hunter - 1804.

This aquatint is based on a picture by Hunter showing a temple at Sriperumbudur. The famous 11th Century Vaishnava philosopher, Ramanuja, was from this place. A shrine dedicated to him is inside the temp... Read More
 11 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Water-colour drawing of the south face of Cuddapah Fort with an elephant in the foreground by Thomas Fraser (1776-1823) c.1802. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'View of the South Face of Cudapah, shewing the Nature & State of what remains of that Ancient Fortress. T. Fraser. Engr.'

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 10 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Painting by a British artist; William Carpenter, A game of Pachisi, India, 1855.

William Carpenter was the eldest son of the distinguished portrait painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter and of William Hookham Carpenter, who became Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum. ... Read More
 10 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
A Muslim man having his head shaved by a barber in a red turban. They are both seated on a mat - 1855

William Carpenter (ca.1818-1899) travelled through India from 1850-1857 painting portraits and pictures of rulers and their courts and Indian scenery. He travelled to Calcutta via Bombay and S... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
A game of Pachisi, India, 1855
Painting by a British artist William Carpenter

William Carpenter was the eldest son of the distinguished portrait painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter and of William Hookham Carpenter, who became Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum. In... Read More
 2 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Diwali, the Festival of Light - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 50 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The picture is suffused with the yellow glow of lamps in the gathering dusk; a woman is pictured leaning to light a lamp in a little niche at a street corner.

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 23 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
The Ganary (Golghar) at Bankipur, near Patna (Bihar) seen from the river - 1814

Watercolour by Robert Smith (1787-1873) of the granary ('gola') at Bankipur, near Patna in Bihar, seen from the river with European officials' houses near by, dated 1814-15. The image is inscribed on the original m... Read More
 23 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
View of the Great Imambara and the Rumi Durwaza, from Moosah Bagh end of the city, Lucknow - 1860

This lithograph is taken from plate 26 of 'General Views of Lucknow' by Sir DS Dodgson.

The Great Imambara, which Dodgson described as the "architectural gem of Lucknow", has one of the largest... Read More
 1 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
Plate 11 of 'Hindoo Excavations in the Mountain of Ellora near Aurangabad,' engraved by Thomas Daniell after the drawings of his deceased friend James Wales, which Daniell regarded as the sixth set of his 'Oriental Scenery' (1803).

This Hindu cave is famous for the beauty of its sculptures. Se... Read More
 21 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
A view of the Government House and Council Chamber, Madras - 1807

Aquatint of Madras (now Chennai) in south India, published by Edward Orme in 1807 and part of King George III's Topographical Collection. Madras was the first important settlement of the East India Company and was founded in 163... Read More
 21 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Fort St. George, on the Coromandel Coast, East Indies

View of a large fort with a church to the left, on the sea-shore, with several peaked mountains behind and ships on the sea in the foreground, including one firing guns, to right of centre; illustration to a periodical.

1782
Etching

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 21 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Fanciful view of the city of Madras, with a procession with camels and elephants in the foreground. c.1781 Hand-coloured engraving

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 20 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Teppakulam, a Sacred Tank near Madura, Madras
by Francis Swain Ward

Date painted: 1772–1773
Oil on canvas, 81 x 130 cm

A large walled tank, in the centre of which is an island with a temple. The town of Madura with temples and palaces is seen in the distance.

Collection: British Lib... Read More
 20 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
On the Coromandel Coast, South India
by William Havell


Date painted: 1821
Oil on canvas, 69 x 86 cm

Collection: Reading Museum Read More
 20 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
A 'Choultry', or Travellers' Rest House, in South India
by Francis Swain Ward

Date painted: 1770–1771
Oil on canvas, 71 x 109.5 cm

Collection: British Library Read More