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 7 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper of Marichi, a Rishi and son of Brahma. He is shown standing in a flat landscape. He wears a red dhoti with a gold shawl tied over his chest. He wears wooden sandals and holds a walking stick in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a pot. A long string of beads h... Read More
 7 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper of Angiras, a Vedic Rishi. He is shown wearing a yellow dhoti with matching shawl draped over his shoulder. He wears wooden sandals on his feet and has two strings of beads around his neck. He holds a walking stick in his right hand and a bunch of grass. In his left ... Read More
 2 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
Sikh Railway Train - 1870
Lahore

A Railway Train in two sections. The upper has four coaches with men and women passengers, Sikh and British. The lower has two coaches and an engine. The train is symbolic of the new Punjab. Railways reached the Punjab in the early 1860's and the Sikhs had been c... Read More
 14 Jan 2017
Surya

Opaque watercolour painting of the red-complexioned, four-armed and magnificently attired Sūrya. He stands in samabhanga on a low dais at the centre of an oval frame. He carries in each of his upper hands a dagger, while his lower right hand is in abhaya and his lower left in varada mudra... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 4 depicting a scene from the Mahabharata. Bhisma is lying on a bed of arrows with Arjuna standing next to him with bow drawn and pointed at earth to bring out water for Bhisma, who is pierced by numerous arrows.

1895 (circa)
Printed in: Calcutt... Read More
 12 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Indian Bull

Painting
19th century
Company School
Color and black on paper

Copyright © 2017 Smithsonian Institution Read More
 10 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Running youths holding the tails of a humped bull and a winged lion - Fragments of railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of fragments of railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculp... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Garuda, the 'vahana' of Vishnu, returning with the vase of Amrita, which he had stolen from the gods in order to free his mother from Kadru, mother of serpents. The 'vahana' is the animal mount or vehicle of a Hindu god or goddess.

Tiruchchirappalli
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on watermarked pa... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
The shrine of Vishnu in the form of Viraraghavaswami, reclining on the serpent of eternity, the form in which he is worhipped at the shrine of Tiravallur in Chingleput district. To the right stands Lakshmi and to the left a Vaishnava priest.

Tiruchchirappalli
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on wate... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Vishnu

Painting
Gouache on watermarked paper
Trichinopoly, ca. 1825

Vishnu as Vaikuntha-natha seated on the coils of the serpent Sesha between his two shaktis, Shri and Bhumi Devi; a third, Nila Devi, supports his right foot. From a series of 100 drawings of Hindu deities created in South India... Read More
 28 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Illustration depicting Sub-castes

Faizabad - ca. 1774
Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from India among other things an atlas ... Read More
 28 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Offerings for different types of disease and ailments.

Faizabad - ca. 1774
Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from India among o... Read More
 22 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A woman holding a lotus

Lucknow
ca.1815 - ca. 1820
Watercolour

Inscription:
'Gopal Ma'

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East India Company. They represent a fusion of traditio... Read More
 22 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A woman with flowers possibly celebrating the Vasant Panchimi festival

Lucknow
ca.1815 - ca. 1820
Watercolour

Inscription:
'Ponchumee'

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East In... Read More
 22 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A dancing-girl

Lucknow
ca.1815 - ca. 1820
Watercolour

Inscription:
'Khutteranee Woman. A natch Girl'

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East India Company. They represent a fus... Read More
 22 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A Muslim woman, kneeling on a cot, worshiping.

Lucknow
ca.1815 - ca. 1820
Watercolour

Inscription:
'A Mussulmanee Worshipping. Sijdee Meekoonud'

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of t... Read More
 3 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Chromolithograph pictorial label used for the advertisement and sale of bales of cloth and individual fabric lengths; printed on paper. Durgā, portrayed with ten arms, is standing on the head of the Mahiṣa, the buffalo demon.

20thC(early)
Designed in: India
Printed in Britain for export to In... Read More
 1 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Religious Procession: Durga
India, West Bengal, Murshidabad, circa 1800
Opaque watercolor on mica

Image credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Read More
 5 Jun 2016 Rare Paintings
Navagrahas
By Raja Ravi Varma

Source: Baroda Art Gallery Museum Read More
 23 Feb 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
Company Painting in Nineteenth-Century India
By Marika Sardar
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

As the British East India Company expanded its purview in South Asia during the late 1700s, great numbers of its employees moved from England to carve out new lives for themselves in ... Read More