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 17 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Delhi, ca.1855
By Ghulam Ali Khan
Delhi - 1855 ca.

A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Punjab, is depicted. In the centre of the hunt can be seen Nawab Muhammad Abdul Rahman Khan on horseback spearing a tiger. On the horizon is a line of elephants carrying dead tigers and a deer. O... Read More
 17 Jan 2015 Article/Essay
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Ghulam Ali Khan and his Patron: The Mughal Prince Fakhruddin
By Jeremiah P. Losty

Two important late Mughal pictures from the hand of Ghulam ‘Ali Khan, albeit probably with some studio assistance, have lately appeared on the art market. The subject of the first is a Mughal prince, id... Read More
 17 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
Miniature. “Thakur Dawlat Singh Among Courtiers”
India, Delhi; c. 1825

European influence on Indian painting was tangible from the 16th century, but at the end of the 18th, it became even more pronounced. French and British tradesmen and civil servants commissioned work directly from Indian ... Read More
 17 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
Miniature. “A Group of Recruits to Skinner’s Horse regiment”
India, Delhi; 1815-1816

The leaf comes from one of the famous Fraser albums, with miniatures commissioned by the two Scottish brothers William and James Fraser. The motif shows some of the Indian recruits for the Second Regiment ... Read More
 17 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
Two miniatures. “Kala with Saber Drawn” and “Kala in Uniform”
India, Delhi; 1815-1816

Two groups of Company paintings in particular have become famous: the c. 300 botanical and zoological studies that were commissioned by Lady Mary Impey in around 1780, and the c. 100 paintings of native... Read More
 14 Dec 2014 Rare Paintings
“Thakur Dawlat Singh Among Courtiers”
India, Delhi; c. 1825
Miniature: 27.6 × 38.5 cm

European influence on Indian painting was tangible from the 16th century, but at the end of the 18th, it became even more pronounced. French and British tradesmen and civil servants commissioned work direc... Read More
 8 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Indra

Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. The deity Indra sits with his consort, Indraṇī, on the back of their white elephant, Airāvata. This animal has four tusks, although generally it is supposed to have six, and carries in his tr... Read More
 1 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Three religious mendicant couples, from a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processions, Tanjore, ca. 1830

Painting; gouache and watercolour.

Painting, watercolour and gouache on paper from a folio of thirty Company paintings, depicting th... Read More
 1 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Four male ascetics, From a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and procession scenes, Tanjore, ca. 1830

Painting; gouache and watercolour.

Four male ascetics:
1. A Bhairagi (Vaishnavite devotee), in a loin cloth, carrying a lota and a rosary. ... Read More
 17 May 2014 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache on mica, This painting depicts a Pink lotus (nymphaea), Trichinopoly, ca.1860

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 18 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
South view of Shahabad, Jhalawar - 1818

Water-colour drawing of Shahabad in Jalawar by an anonymous artist in 1818.

Inscribed on the front in ink is: b. 'Shahabad Town from the Ghaut to the Southward.' A gazetteer of 1857 describes the town as follows: 'Shahabad, in the Rajpoot territory of Jha... Read More
 15 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
An ascetic, probably Vasishtha, with a rudrakshamala (rosary) in his hand, sits on a tiger skin in a pavilion with a carefully rendered roof supported by slender pillars. His knees are held in place by a yogapatta (band tied around the knees). He wears a russet dhoti and ornaments made of rudraks... 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 phaeton carriage drawn by two horses, grooms holding the reins.
Lucknow, in the style of Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, circa 1878

Watercolour on paper, old label on reverse naming the horses with the date 1878, framed
122 x 205 mm.

Source: Bonhams Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A ruler out riding in a horse-drawn carriage with two retainers, armed officers on horseback riding alongside
Company School, in the style of Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, mid-19th Century

Gouache on paper, in mount
260 x 495 mm.

Possibly the work of a Rajasthani artist influenced by Shaikh... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A view of Government House and Esplanade Row, Calcutta, from the Maidan - 1830

Watercolour with a black painted border of a view of Government House and Esplanade Row from the Maidan at Calcutta, in West Bengal, by Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, c.1830. The image is inscribed in ink below, wit... 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.

Source: Bonhams Read More