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 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting of Jaswant Rao (Holkar) in the centre, Ranjit Singh dressed in red to the left and Mir Khan smoking a pipe on the right, seated on a mat with attendants. The scene depicts one of the meetings which took place at the end of 1805, when Jaswant Rao Holkar, defeated at the battles of Fatehga... Read More
 6 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Pheel Khana - Elephants' quarters, Holkar's camp - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 31 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The royal elephants of the Maharaja Holkar are being prepared for a ceremonial ride by their mahouts or handlers. They are caparisoned with rich ... Read More
 4 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
IRREGULAR CAVALRY
Bengal Irregular Cavalry

At first these units were called Local Horse and were raised by Europeans from volunteers who owned their own horse and equipment and were prepared to provide for themselves in the field. This was called the sillidar system. Sometimes a local leader ... Read More
 4 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
Lord Moira's European servants seated on an elephant - 1814

Watercolour of European servants on an elephant from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Mohumdy to Gheen Vol. V' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-Gener... Read More
 4 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
The Hastings' party's encampment outside Hansi - 1815

Watercolour of Lord Moira's encampment near Hansi from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Gheen to Delhi Vol. VI' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of... Read More
 4 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
The Fort at Hansi, the Union flag flying from the top - 1815

Watercolour of fort at Hansi from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Gheen to Delhi Vol. VI' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and th... Read More
 3 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
'Method of attack with the musket when meeting the enemy head on', 1824 (c).

Rules for the Manoeuvres of the Hindustani Musket Cavalry. Watercolour on Oriental paper, by a Company artist, Delhi, 1824 (c).

Lieutenant-Colonel James Skinner's personal manual of cavalry manoeuvres was produced ... Read More
 3 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
The regiment formed in line, 1824 (c).

Gouache watercolour, provisionally attributed to the Company artist Naziradeem, inscribed in Persian 'nastaliq' script, 1824 (c).

One of three illustrations taken from 'The Book of rules for the Manoeuvres of the Hindustani Musket Cavalry formed by Col... Read More
 2 Mar 2013 Rare Paintings
An ear cleaner at work; by an unnamed Dehli painter, commissioned by Colonel James Skinner
Published: [Delhi], [ca. 1825]

Watercolour

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 20 Feb 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Seventy-two Specimens of Castes in India (1837)

This is a manuscript titled "Seventy-two Specimens of Castes in India", which consists of 72 full-color hand-painted images of men and women of the various castes and religious and ethnic groups found in Madura, India at that tim... Read More
 20 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
A Muharram figure: A Muslim worshipper with chauri and sword standing in front of a tazia.

Varanasi, India

Date: ca.1830

Painting on mica

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 20 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
A head with a background of mountains and palm trees.

Varanasi, India

Date: ca.1830

Watercolour on card, for use with mica

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 20 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
'Lion and Elephant'

Murshidabad, India

Date: ca.1835

Gouache and line drawings on mica (Painting on mica in white paint)

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 20 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
Procession of Palanysoobramaniasawmy on a car representing a peacock.

Trichinopoly, India

Date: ca.1850

Gouache on mica (mounted on paper with an 1851 watermark)

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 20 Feb 2013 Article/Essay
Article:
Conservation of Indian Mica Paintings
By Mike Wheeler
Senior Paper Conservator, Paper Conservation, V&A

The V&A has a collection of about seven hundred paintings on mica originating from India which include examples from Murshidabad, Patna and Benares in eastern India and from Tric... Read More
 19 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
This painting depicts a clerk - ca. 1850

Trichinopoly, India

Gouache on mica

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 15 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
Portrait of Hanumān

Watercolour painting on paper of Hanumān. Hanumān stands on the banks of a body of water. He wears green shorts and has a pink shawl draped over his shoulder and chest. He wears a crown and jewel encrusted armlets. On his chest rests a floral garland and necklaces. He ho... Read More
 15 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper of Mandodari wife of Ravaṇa, seated on a cushioned plinth and looking to her left. She holds a flower in her right hand. She wears jewellery, garlands and lavish textiles. Two columns are shown behind Mandodari and in the far distance as line of trees. The painting... Read More
 15 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper of Ahalya, the wife of the seer Gautama, seated on a plinth with a back, on a terrace with a building behind her. A covered doorway is also shown. She wears lavish textiles and jewellery and holds a flower in her right hand. In front of the plinth is a vase with flow... Read More
 14 Feb 2013 Rare Paintings
A performance in a grove - 18th century AD
Oudh, India

By Mir Kalan Khan

Watercolour and gilt on paper

Reference: Andrew Topsfield, Paintings from Mughal India (2008), 69.

By permission of The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford Read More