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 23 Oct 2013 Rare Photographs
Husainabad Imambara, Lucknow - 1870

This photograph by John Edward Saché (1870s) is from the Lee-Warner Collection. The Chhota Imanbara at Lucknow is also known as the Husainabad Imambara or Palace of Lights. It was built between 1837 and 1842 by Muhammed Ali Shah to serve as a mausoleum for ... Read More
 13 Oct 2013 Rare Photographs
Durga Temple
Benaras
ca. 1895 - ca. 1915

Source: Rijksmuseum 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
 27 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Ruined temple at Rameswaram - 1890

Photograph of a temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram is believed to be related to the story of Rama as narrated in the Ramayana; the pl... Read More
 21 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of military offices in Fort St George, at Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in 1902. Madras was founded in 1639 by the British East India Company and was the first important English settlement in India... 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
 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
 14 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
A hand-coloured print of the Hindu College, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in c.1851-52. This is a general view of the classical main façade of the Hindu College. The college was founded in 1817 and the foundation comm... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Sanctuary tower of the Mahakala Temple, Ujjain - 1869

Photograph of the sanctuary tower of the Mahakala Temple at Ujjain taken by George Edward Herne in 1869. Ujjain, on the banks of the River Sipra, is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities and a venue for the Khumbh Mela festival held every tw... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Ghats and temples on the River Sipra at Ujjain -1869

Photograph of the ghats and temples on the River Sipra at Ujjain, taken by George Edward Herne in 1869. Ujjain is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities. It is an ancient pilgrimage centre built on the banks of the Sipra river with characteris... Read More
 15 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Top of broken pillar in foreground with the famous Sarnath lion capital standing on the ground beyond - 1905

Photograph of the Lion Capital at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, from the Kitchener of Khartoum Collection: 'Views of Benares. Presented by the Maharaja of Benares' by Madho Prasad, c.1905 . S... Read More
 4 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Ramachandra Temple, Vijayanagara - 1856

Photograph showing a processional frieze carved in relief on a wall of the Hazara Rama (Ramchandra) Temple, at Vijayanagara in Karnataka, taken by Andrew Charles Brisbane Neill in c.1856, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. Vijayanagara, the City of... Read More
 10 Jul 2013 Sculpture
One of a pair of balustrades in the shape of a lion looking backwards.
Vijayanagara
16th century

© Trustees of the British Museum Read More
 9 Jul 2013 New Books
New Book:
A Kite's Eye View: India: Between Earth And Sky
By Nicolas Chorier
Foreword By: Zubin Mehta
Published by Roli Books Pvt. Ltd. - 2007

Book Review:

Eye in the sky over India: Camera on a kite snaps fabulous photographs of the sub-continent.
Daily Mail

Taken from skies high above India ... Read More
 8 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
This photograph shows a fortified gateway known as the 'Talarighat Gate', Hampi (Vijayanagara) - 1856
By Alexander Greenlaw

This photograph shows an oblique view of a ruined three storeyed gateway set into fortified walls. The two upper, arched sections have carved surface detail and a parape... Read More
 8 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
This photograph shows an oblique view of a tall, faceted stone column, sidelit by sunlight and centred against a white sky. The capital of the column has a rounded disc, a faceted disc and a larger rounded disc upon which sits a square metal section with a crenelated ring underneath and on top is... Read More
 7 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
This photograph shows the Garuda shrine, maha mandapa and eastern gopura, Vitthala temple complex, Hampi (Vijayanagara) by Alexander Greenlaw - 1856

This photograph shows an oblique view of an ornately decorated and domed stone shrine which resembles a chariot with large stone wheels and is se... Read More
 7 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
Stone temple car in the Vitthala Temple, Vijayanagara - 1856

Photograph of the Vitthala Temple at Vijayanagara in Karnataka, taken in about 1856 by Andrew Charles Brisbane Neill. Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the seat of a powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from 1336 to 1565. The ... Read More
 7 Jul 2013 Rare Paintings
Temple and pillar at Vijayanagara - 1800

Water-colour from the MacKenzie Collection of a temple and pillar at Vijayanagara, dated December 1800. Inscribed on front in ink: 'Ancient Pagoda at Bisnagar. 1800'; in pencil: 'Decr. 1800.'

Vijayanagara, the City of Victory founded in 1336, was the... Read More
 26 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Bheemtal, Kumaon, India - July 30 1878
By Marianne North

Oil on paper, 29.4 x 51 cm

Collection: British Library Read More