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 28 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
THE ALLAHABAD PILLAR

The Asoka Pillar now in Allahabad Fort is rightly regarded as originally erected at KauSambi. Dr. Bhandarkar says that the savanna or orders of Asoka against schism which we find engraved on pillars are at three different places, namely, Sarnath, Sanchi and Allahabad. "Th... Read More
 27 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
Rear view of ruins of the Baladitya Temple, Nalanda - 1872

Photograph of the rear view of the ruins of the Baladitya Temple at Nalanda, Bihar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872. While these ruins date to the sixth century, Nalanda was originally famous as the sanctuary of Shariputra, one of... Read More
 23 Apr 2013 Rare Photographs
View of the Palace at Bangalore from the grounds - 1890

Photograph of the Maharaja’s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894'. The Maharaja’s Palace at Bangalore, Karnataka was built c.1865 and modified... Read More
 19 Mar 2013 Rare Photographs
Exterior view of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall (Cave XII) and adjoning Vihara, Bhaja Caves, Karli - 1885

Photograph of the exterior of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall (Cave XII) and adjoning Vihara, at Bhaja Caves, Pune District, taken by Henry Cousens around 1880, from the Archaeological Survey of Indi... Read More
 19 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Ancient excavations at Karli - 1809

This aquatint is taken from plate 14 of Henry Salt's 'Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt', and shows the great Buddhist Chaitya (hall of worship) at Karli (Karle). Dating from some time between the seco... Read More
 19 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Exterior view of rock temple, Karli - 25 October 1804

Pencil drawing by Henry Salt (1780-1827), of the exterior of the rock temple at Karli in Maharashtra, dated 25th October 1804. This is probably a first sketch for 'Ancient Excavations at Carli', plate 14, of Henry Salt's 'Twenty Four Views ... Read More
 19 Mar 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Illustrations of the Rock-Cut Temples of India
Selected from the best examples of the different series of caves at Ellora, Ajunta, Cuttack, Salsette, Karli, and Mahavellipore. Drawn on stone by Mr. T. C. Dibdin, from sketches ... made on the spot ... in the years 1838-9.
By Ja... Read More
 19 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Palace at Bundi - 1847

This is plate 16 from James Fergusson's 'Ancient Architecture in Hindoostan'. Built on a steep hillside of the Vindhya range, the town of Bundi was the capital of a Rajput state until it succumbed to the Mughals in 1658. In Fergusson's sketch, the street of the principal... Read More
 18 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Jaya Stambha, or Tower of Victory, at Chittaurgarh - 1847

This is plate 11 from James Fergusson's book 'Ancient Architecture in Hindostan'. This picture shows the Vijaya Stambha inside the fort at Chittaurgarh, Rajasthan. It was constructed in 1448 by Rana Kumbha to commemorate his victory ove... Read More
 18 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Temple at Chandravati - 1847

This is plate 6 from James Fergusson's book 'Ancient Architecture in Hindoostan'. Chandravati is a small abandoned site near Jhalarapatan in Rajasthan. Ruined temples such as this were constructed as early as the 7th century. Many sculptures formerly at this site w... Read More
 16 Mar 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Cave Temples of India
By James Fergusson and James Burgess
Published by W.H. Allen & Co, London - 1880

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 16 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
The Sun Temple at Konarak - 1847

This is plate 3 from James Fergusson's 'Ancient Architecture in Hindoostan'. The sun temple at Konarak is one of the most famous of all India's temples, and considered a supreme achievement of Oriya architecture. Europeans in Fergusson's time knew it as the Black... Read More
 16 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Srirangam, near Madras, India: Water tank in the Temple. Coloured lithograph by Thomas Colman Dibdin after James Fergusson.
Published by J. Hogarth,London
Printed by M. & N. Hanhart - 1840

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 16 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Kanheri caves near Bombay - 1839

This is plate 17 from James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The hills of Kanheri near Bombay host the largest Buddhist monastic site of western India. A number of these caves feature fine sculptures from the Vakataka period in the ... Read More
 15 Mar 2013 Article/Essay
Essay:
James Fergusson and Indian Architecture
By Takeo Kamiya

"...The revivalists such as Pugin and George Gilbert Scott (who would design the Library and Convocation Hall of Bombay University in India afterward) spread the trend of 'praise to the Middle ages' among British architects, in d... Read More
 15 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Gateway at Srirangam - 1847

This is plate 23 from James Fergusson's 'Ancient Architecture in Hindoostan'. Srirangam near Tiruchirapally is the site of one of the largest temple complexes in India. The gateway sketched by Fergusson is incomplete: the tower had not yet been added. It belongs to ... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Near view of the Taj Mahal from the river Jumna, Agra - 1858

General view of the Taj Mahal from the riverbank just to the north-east, photographed in 1858 by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife, Harriet. Both Dr John Murray and Felice Beato, who gave the Tytler's tuition in photography,... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Top of the Palace of the King in the Kaiser Pasand, Lucknow. View taken from the top of a three storey house - 1858

Photograph of the Kaisar Pasand taken by Robert and Harriet Tytler in the aftermath of the Uprising of 1857. A caption note accompanying this print continues, "The Palace, about ... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Taj of Agra from the land side - 1858

Part of a portfolio of photographs taken in 1858 by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife, Harriet, following the Uprising of 1857. The Taj Mahal was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Arjumand Banu Begum upon her death in 1631. ... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
The Asar Mahal, Bijapur - 1875

Photograph of the The Asar Mahal in Bijapur. The Asar Mahal was built by Muhammad Shah in 1646 as a Hall of Justice and later became a sacred sanctuary housing some hairs from the beard of the Prophet. The east side is an open portico supported on four wooden pil... Read More