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 9 Apr 2015 Rare Paintings
"Palace of the Rajahs in Tanjore," a wood engraving by H. Clerget, from 'Le Tour du Monde', 1869.

Source: Columbia University Read More
 27 Mar 2015 Rare Photographs
Photograph of the Sangameshwara Temple at Pattadakal in Karnataka, taken by Thomas Biggs in 1855, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. Pattadakal, like neighbouring Aihole and Badami an important centre of the Chalukya dynasty, is located on the Malaprabha river in north Karnataka. The Chal... Read More
 27 Mar 2015 Rare Photographs
Photograph of the Durga Temple at Aihole, in the Bijapur district of north Karnataka, taken by Thomas Biggs in 1855, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. The Chalukyas were a dynasty with different branches which ruled over parts of the Deccan (now in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Prade... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
Entrance to Lomas Rishi Cave, Barabar Hills, Gaya, Bihar - 1814

Pen-and-ink drawing of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave in the Barabar Hills at Gaya, Bihar, dated 1814.

The excavation of this cave has been both architecturally and epigraphically dated to around 250 BC, when the area was rul... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare Maps
Plan of the Barabar Caves and an elevation of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave, Gaya, Bihar - 1814

Pen-and-ink drawing of the plan of the Barabar Caves and an elevation of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave at Gaya in Bihar, dated 1814. Inscribed on front in ink: 'Gya.' The excavation of t... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare Photographs
View of entrance to Lomas Rishi Cave and Sudama Cave, Barabar Hills, Bihar - 1870

Photograph of the entrance to Lomas Rishi and Sudama caves taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. The excavation of these two caves has been both architecturally and epigraphically dated to around 250 BC, when ... Read More
 9 Feb 2015 Rare Photographs
Entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave, Barabar Hills, Gaya, Bihar - 1865

Photograph of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi cave taken by Alexander E. Caddy in 1895. The excavation of this cave has been dated both architecturally and epigraphically to around 250 BC, when the area was ruled by the Mauryan ... Read More
 9 Jan 2015 Rare Photographs
Birds eye view of Panhala Fort - 1894

Photograph of Panhala fort from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894' taken by an unknown photographer in 1894. The Panhala fort is situated on the Panhala spur in the Sahyadri hills about 12 miles north... Read More
 9 Jan 2015 Rare Photographs
Dancing girl's tower, Panhala Fort - 1894

View of part of the ruined fort at Panhala from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894' taken by an unknown photographer in 1894. Panhala is situated in the Sahyadri hills about 12 miles north-west of ... Read More
 9 Jan 2015 Rare Photographs
Teen Darwaza, Panhala - 1894

View of the Tin Darwaza or Three-doored gate at Panhala from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894' taken by an unknown photographer in 1894. Panhala is situated in the Sahyadri hills about 12 miles north-west of ... Read More
 8 Jan 2015 New Books
New Book:
Residential Architecture in Bhoja's SAMARANGANASUTRADHARA
By Felix Otter
Published by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers - 2010

The Samaranganasutradhara, composed in the 11th century and commonly attributed to King Bhoja of Dhara, is one of the most remarkable silpasastras of northern Ind... Read More
 7 Jan 2015 Rare Photographs
Unfinished roof of Bhojpur Temple. Built by Raja Bhoja - 1882

Photograph of the unfinished dome of the Shiva Temple at Bhojpur in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Dayal, Indore.' The co... Read More
 7 Jan 2015 Rare Photographs
Lat Musjid with the Lat, Dhar - 1902

Photograph of the Lat Masjid, at Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1902. Dhar in the Malwa region of central India had long periods of Hindu and Muslim rule. It was once the capital of the Hindu Paramara dynasty, known for their patr... Read More
 7 Jan 2015 Rare Photographs
Bhojashala Colonade, Dhar - 1902

Photograph of a Mosque, at Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1902. Raja Bhoja was a famous 11th-century king of the Hindu Paramara dynasty which ruled Dhar between the 9th and 13th centuries. The Paramaras were known for their support fo... Read More
 29 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Tomb of Sher Shah, Sasaram, Bihar - 1790
D. Robert, active ca. 1775–1800,

Oil on canvas

Source: Yale Center for British Art Read More
 26 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Ruins of the Naurattan, Sasaram, Bihar - 1811
By Thomas Daniell, 1749–1840
Oil on canvas

Inscription: Signed and dated, lower right: "T Daniell | 1811"

Source: Yale Center for British Art Read More
 26 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Tremal Naig's Choultry, Madura
By Thomas Daniell, 1749–1840

Graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper, mounted on, moderately thick, slightly textured, cream, wove paper

Inscribed in graphite, on mount, upper right: "D"; inscribed in graphite, on paper, attached to mount: lower ... Read More
 26 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Tremal Naig's Choultry, Madura - 1798

Plate18 from the second set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery'. The Pudu Mandapa is outside the east gate of the Minakshi temple at Madurai. Built by Tirumala Nayak in 1635 as a choultry or reception hall for pilgrims, it is a long hall with ... Read More
 25 Jun 2014 Rare Photographs
Main facade of the Jami Masjid, Jaunpur - 1870

This photograph is a very oblique view taken from the north-west corner of the court, looking towards the high arch of the main facade of the 'jami masjid' or congregational mosque in Jaunpur. Jaunpur lies some 58 kilometres to the north of the fame... Read More
 25 Jun 2014 New Books
New Book:
Paradigms of Indian Architecture: Space and Time in Representation and Design
By G. H. R. Tillotson
Published by Routledge - 2014

This book explores conceptions of Indian architecture and how the historical buildings of the subcontinent have been conceived and described. Investigating ... Read More