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 21 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Manali temple, Kulu - 1870

Water-colour drawing by Alfred Frederick Pollock Harcourt of the Hidimba Devi temple near Manali, Kulu, dated 1870. Inscribed on front in water-colour: 'A.H. Kooloo'; on back in pencil: 'Minali Temple Kulu. Doongree Temple Menalee. 1870.' This Hindu temple is situate... Read More
 21 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Village of Kot Kul[u] - 1860

View of the Kullu valley, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. The Kullu Valley is 80 km long, bordered by the Pir Panjal to the north, the Parvati Range to the east, and the Barabhangal Range to the west. It was k... Read More
 21 Jun 2013 Rare Photographs
Beijnath Temple, Kangra Valley - 1870

Photograph of the Beijnath Temple in the Kangra Valley from the 'Bellew Collection: Photograph album of Surgeon-General Henry Walter Bellew' by a photographer with the initials H.B.C. dating from c.1870.

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 18 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Wooden houses, Manali, Kulu - 24 June 1870

Watercolour by Alfred Frederick Pollock Harcourt (1836-1910) of wooden houses at Manali in Kullu in the modern-day state of Himachal Pradesh, dated 24th June 1870. The image is inscribed on the front in water-colour: 'A.H. 24 June. 70'; and on the mou... Read More
 18 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
The tomb of Shams-i-Tabriz, Multan - 30 December 1876

Watercolour by Alfred Frederick Pollock Harcourt (1836-1910) of the tomb of Shams-i Tabriz at Multan in the Punjab, Pakistan, dated 30th December 1876. The image is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Shumuz Tabraez. 30 Dec 76'; and on the b... Read More
 15 Jun 2013 Article/Essay
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An Estimation of the Work of Thomas and William Daniell in India
By Shashi Kolar

Thomas and William Daniell, the uncle-nephew team best known for their paintings and aquatints of Indian landscapes that served to popularly introduce the Indian scene to the British public, have remained con... Read More
 15 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
A View of Agra Fort, by a Calcutta artist after William Hodges - 1800

Water-colour drawing of a view of the Fort at Agra from the river, after William Hodges, by a Calcutta artist, dated 1800-1810.

This view of Agra Fort is after the engraving by J. Walker 'A View of Agra taken from the Sou... Read More
 15 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
A view of the south side of the Fort of Gwalior - 1787

This is plate 6 from William Hodges' book, 'Select Views in India'. Gwalior had been the capital of an influential state and was renowned for its huge fortress, built on a narrow and long rocky hill of sandstone. The fortress, with its imp... Read More
 15 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
A View of a Mosque at Chunar Gur - 1787

This is plate 19 from William Hodges' book 'Select Views in India'. Hodges arrived at Chunar in September 1781. He considered this gateway, leading to the tomb of Shah Kasim Sulaiman at Chunar, an instructive example of Islamic influence in Indian archit... Read More
 14 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour by William Daniell R.A., depicting Anopshur, a large castle-like structure serving as a military station. India, ca. 1789.

Watercolour depicting Anopshur, a large castle-like structure serving as a military station or fortress. It is situated on the top of a cliff and people riding... Read More
 14 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Thomas Daniell. 'Ruins of the Palace at Madura [The Palace of Tirumulla Nayak]'.

Watercolour

This drawing was formerly attributed to William Hodges.

It s the preliminary drawing made by Thomas Daniell for the aquatint by the same artist in 'Oriental Scenery' published by T and W Daniell,... Read More
 14 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
View in Southern India 1769 - 1837
William Daniell

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 10 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
'The Taje Mahel, Agra'. Aquatint, drawn and engraved by Thomas and William Daniell. Published Thomas Daniell, London, 1801.

Coloured aquatint by Thomas and William Daniell of the Taj Mahal at Agra, dated 1801.

This print, together with the one entitled "The Taje Mahel, Agra. Taken in the ga... Read More
 10 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Eastern Gate of the Jumma Musjid at Delhi - 1795

Plate 1 from the first set of Thomas Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' The Jami Masjid of Delhi, the largest mosque in India, was built between 1644 and 1658, as the principal religious monument of the new capital of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, e... Read More
 10 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
The Chalees Satoon in the Fort of Allahabad on the River Jumna - 1795

Plate 6 from the first set of Thomas Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' Of all the British artists who went to India in the 18th and 19th Centuries, it is Thomas and William Daniell who are the best known. Their work gives us a v... Read More
 10 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Plate 16 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.' This cave was started as a Buddhist monastery, but in the 8th Century wa... Read More
 5 May 2013 Rare Photographs
General exterior view of the Free Church of Scotland Mission School, Nagpur - 1870

Photograph of the exterior of the Free Church of Scotland Mission School at Nagpur in Maharashtra from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by an unknown photogr... Read More
 5 May 2013 Rare Paintings
Bishop's College, near Calcutta - 1822

Coloured aquatint of Bishop's College near Calcutta by an anonymous printmaker published in London in 1822 by R. Ackermann for the Missionary Establishment of the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts. Bishop's College wa... Read More
 1 May 2013 Article/Essay
Excavated Remains at Nalanda

Nalanda is one of the most ancient international centers of education and learning equivalent to modern universities, with a very rich library. An inscribed seal written "Sri-Nalandamahavihariy-Arya-Bhikshu-Sanghasya" identifies the site as Nalanda Mahavihara.

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 29 Apr 2013 Article/Essay
Decline and end of NALANDA

Evidence in literature suggests that in 1193, the Nalanda University was sacked by the fanatic BAKHTIYAR KHILJI, a Turk. Muslim conquest in India is seen by scholars as one of the reasons of the decline of Buddhism in India. The Persian historian MINHAJ-I-SIRAJ, in h... Read More