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 11 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A Bairagi or Hindu Ascetic
By Captain Robert Melville Grindlay
c.1820
Oil on canvas, 42 x 36 cm

A painting of an Hindu ascetic (bairagi). Grindlay served with the 7th Bombay Native Infantry from 1804 to 1820, and after he retired from India founded the banking firm of Grindlay & Company.

Colle... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Study of a Ironer
c. 1840

Ascribed to Shaykh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Bengal, India

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Drawing, natural pigments
Opaque watercolour

Source: National Gallery of Australia Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Study of a cook
c. 1840

Ascribed to Shaykh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Bengal, India

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Drawing, natural pigments
Opaque watercolour

Source: National Gallery of Australia Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A groom holding a horse's bridle and a chauri, attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Calcutta, circa 1841

Watercolour on paper watermarked Whatman 1841, framed
227 x 127 mm.

Shaikh Muhammad Amir came from Karraya, an outlying district of Calcutta, and began painting for the British th... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
An officer of the Calcutta Police
Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya

Calcutta, circa 1840
Watercolour on paper, framed
226 x 123 mm.

Shaikh Muhammad Amir came from Karraya, an outlying district of Calcutta, and was the best-known artist working for the British in that city. His car... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Hindu gentleman, attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Calcutta, circa 1840

Watercolour on paper, inscribed in pencil on the reverse Baboo [English-speaking], framed
225 x 125 mm.

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 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Ayah (maidservant).
Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya. Calcutta, circa mid-19th century.
Opaque watercolour on paper.
18.5 x 13.5cm

Source: www.indianminiaturepaintings.co.uk Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Senior household servant.
Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya. Calcutta, circa mid-19th century.
Opaque watercolour with bodycolour on paper.
18.5 x 13.5cm

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 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Passenger in an Ekka by Shiva Lal (circa 1820-80).
Patna, circa mid-19th century.
Watercolour on paper pasted onto later card. 15.7 x 21.2cm

On the back-board of the frame is a hand-written inscription in English: "Indian Ekka painted by Sheev (?) ...Patna" and a printed label: "W G Clark, Pic... Read More
 5 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting with a pen and ink border of three men smoking opium. All three men are seated on the ground; the one on the far right wears only a loincloth and a white shawl. He has small tufts of hair on his head, and is in the process of smoking from the pipe. He faces the other two men ... Read More
 4 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A wedding party seated under a canopy, with an officiating priest and musicians to the left.

Company School, probably Bengal, circa 1840
Watercolour on European watermarked paper, framed
310 x 420 mm.

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 8 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Illustration from the book:

Indian Pictures
Drawn with pen and pencil
By the Rev. W. Urwick
Published by Religious Tract Society, London - 1881 Read More
 7 Feb 2014 Rare Photographs
Illustration from the book:
Modern India
By William Eleroy Curtis
Published by F. H. Revell Company, Chicago - 1905 Read More
 7 Feb 2014 Rare Photographs
Illustration from the book:
Modern India
By William Eleroy Curtis
Published by F. H. Revell Company, Chicago - 1905 Read More
 6 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Illustration from the book:
INDIA
By Pierre Loti
Translated from the French by George A. F. Inman (of Bowdon)
Published by T. W. Laurie, London - 1913 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
 12 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Three religious mendicant couples
Thanjavur
ca. 1830

Painting, watercolour and gouache on paper from a folio of thirty Company paintings, depicting three religious mendicant couples:

1. A non-Brahmin Vaishnavite couple, followers of the philosopher Ramanuja, founder of Shrivaishnavism; ... Read More
 12 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache on mica, A Vaishnava mendicant of Vizagapatam of the Satani caste of the Ramanujas, Trichinopoly, ca.1850

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 12 Jan 2014 Rare Paintings
Painting; Gouache, A South Indian Vaishnava Brahmin and his wife, Tanjore, ca. 1790

One of sixteen paintings of castes and occupations. The backgrounds are all plain with no clouds. The set appears to include drawings by two hands; one group with plain blue backgrounds, the other dull yellow; ... Read More
 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