Rare Paintings
 12 Jul 2015 Rare Paintings
The celebrated temple of Somnath - 1850

Lithograph by T.C. Dibdin from a sketch by Capt T. Postans of the Somanatha Temple at Somnath, Prabhas Patan, in Gujarat, dated c.1850.

Prabhas Patan is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre, considered to be one of the sights of Shiva's Jyotirlingas. The ... Read More
 16 Jun 2015 Rare Paintings
Vishnu as The Universal Form, watercolour on paper, early 19th century, Jaipur.

This striking painting shows the blue-skinned Hindu god Vishnu in his form as the Universal Form or Vishvarupa, which means 'all forms'. The small figures painted on his body refer to his role as encompassing all of ... Read More
 31 May 2015 Rare Paintings
A nobleman seated in an interior
Mysore, circa 1860
Gouache and gold on paper, yellow border

Source: Bonhams Read More
 31 May 2015 Rare Paintings
The Rajah of Mysore in his State Carriage - 1829

A procession with six elephants drawing a fantastic carriage with a tent-like top, in the distance a view of Mysore.
Hand-coloured lithograph
Print made by: C King
Published by: Thomas McLean
London

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 27 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Muhammad Adil Shah of Bijapur and his African Prime Minister Ikhlas Khan
Bijapur 1650-1675
Watercolor
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; border: paper embossed with gold

Source: LACMA Read More
 25 May 2015 Rare Paintings
The House of Bijapur
Painting by Kamal Muhammad and Chand Muhammad (active 1680s)
Illustrated album leaf
ca. 1680
Deccan, Bijapur
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper

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 25 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Painted Cloth (Pichwai) Depicting the Celebration of the Festival of Cows
Late 18th–early 19th century
Deccan, India
Painted and printed gold and silver leaf, opaque watercolor on indigo-dyed cotton

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 18 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Copy of painting in the caves of Ajanta by Robert Gill, oil on canvas, 1850-1854, India.

This is a copy of a painting in cave 1 at Ajanta. The white patches cover fragile areas that require conservation work. The Ajanta cave paintings are the oldest surviving examples of painting in India. They ... Read More
 18 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Painting of Robert Gill at the caves of Ajanta, by William Simpson, watercolour on paper, India, 1862.

This painting depicts fellow artist Major Robert Gill (1804-79) copying wall-paintings inside the Buddhist Vihara (monastic) cave at Ajanta. In 1846 the Royal Asiatic Society had commissioned G... Read More
 16 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Buddha on the threshold of renunciation
By Nandalal Bose

Illustration from the book:
Footfalls of Indian history
By The Sister Nivedita (aka Margaret E. Noble)
Published by Longmans, Green & Co., London - 1915 Read More
 16 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Buddha and the lame kid
By Nandalal Bose

Illustration from the book:

Footfalls of Indian history
By The Sister Nivedita (aka Margaret E. Noble)
Published by Longmans, Green & Co., London - 1915 Read More
 13 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Panorama of Surat - 1830

Coloured aquatint of a panorama of Surat in three parts by Alfred Robert Freebairn (1794-1846) after Thomas Postans and dated 1830. Situated on a bend in the river Tapti, Surat was an important Mughal trading port from the late 16th to the late 18th centuries. In 1615 Si... Read More
 13 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Surat on the Banks of the Taptee - 1813

Plate twenty-seven from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs", a work in the form of a series of letters richly illustrated, describing various aspects of nature, people and buildings he met with during his travels in India in the 1760s-70s. ... Read More
 12 May 2015 Rare Paintings
View of Wassortah by Baron A Friedel in London in 1833.

Coloured lithograph of a view of Vasota by A. Picken after an original drawing by Baron A Friedel (fl.1833). Plate 8 of 'Eight Most Splendid Views of India, sketched by an Officer in the Indian Army' printed by Baron A Friedel in London in ... Read More
 12 May 2015 Rare Paintings
The Ghats from Byghur by Baron A Friedel, London, 1833.

Proof copy of a lithograph of 'The Ghats from Byghur' from an original drawing by Baron Adam Friedel. Plate 2 of 'Eight Most Splendid Views of India, sketched by an Officer in the Indian Army' printed by Baron A Friedel in London in 1833.

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 12 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Hill Fort of Veshallgheen by Baron A. Friedel, London, 1833.

Coloured lithograph of the hill fort at 'Veshallgheen' from an original drawing by Baron Adam Friedel. Plate 1 of 'Eight Most Splendid Views of India, sketched by an officer in the Indian Army' printed by Baron A. Friedel in London in ... Read More
 11 May 2015 Rare Paintings
View of Bombay Harbour - January 1870

Water-colour painting of Mumbai Harbour by Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902) in January 1870. Inscribed on the back in pencil is: 'Bombay.'

Originally, Mumbai (Bombay) was composed of seven islands separated by a marshy swamp. Its deep natural harbour led the ... Read More
 11 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Water-colour painting of a landscape with rocky hills at Matheran, Bombay by Melville Clarke (1834-1878), c.1854. Inscribed on the reverse is: 'Matheran'.

This water-colour came from a collection depicting hill stations near Poona and may have been made while Clarke was on sick leave in 1854. He... Read More
 26 Apr 2015 Rare Paintings
Temple of Mahadeo at Pasupati in Nepal -1856

Watercolour of the temple of Mahadeo at Pasupati in Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), c. 1850-1863. The image is inscribed on the reverse: 'Temple of Maha Deo, Pushputtinath'.

The artist, Dr Oldfield, was Residency Surgeon at Khatmandu fr... Read More
 26 Apr 2015 Rare Paintings
Temple at Pashupatinath in Nepal - 1853

Drawing of a Hindu temple at Pashupatinath in Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), dated April 1853. The image is inscribed on the back in ink: 'Pushupatinath, Nepal April. 1853'; and in pencil; 'Mt Yhassa in distance.'

Dr Oldfield was Residency ... Read More