Rare Paintings
 14 Mar 2015 Rare Paintings
Madonna and child, cat, opaque watercolour on paper, Hyderabad, late 18th century.

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, Madonna and child, with cat, seated on a balcony. A Gothic chapel to the rear.

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 13 Mar 2015 Rare Paintings
A procession celebrating the Feast of the Assumption, statues of the Blessed Virgin carried by bearers through streets
Pondicherry, mid-19th Century

Watercolour on paper

French inscription:
Fete chretienne d'asiancoupon [?], procession de la vierge, giroles entoures de fleurs at bottom with th... Read More
 20 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
View of Nandidrug (Bangalore) - 1790

Pen-and-ink and wash drawing of Nandidrug by an unknown artist, c.1790. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Nundedroog'; signed': P(?).C.'

Nandidrug is a hill-fort in Karnataka sited 4,851 feet above sea level. Composed chiefly of granite, gneiss and hornblen... Read More
 20 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
View of Nandidrug (Bangalore), with the batteries firing during the siege - 1791

Water-colour painting of the hill-fort of Nandidrug in Karnataka made during the siege of 1791 by Colin MacKenzie (1754-1821). Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'No.1. View of Nundidroog with the Batteries firing on... Read More
 20 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
Nandidrug and the gate of the Temple of Nandi (Bangalore) - March 1834.

Pen-and-ink drawing by Philip Meadows Taylor of Nandi Drug and the gate of the Temple of Nandi, dated March 1834. Inscribed on back in ink and dated as above. Taylor was stationed at Hingoli from December 1832 to October 183... Read More
 20 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
View of Nandidrug (Nandi Hills, Bangalore) with three English soldiers in the foreground and two Indian horsemen in the middle distance. Between 1790 and 1792.

Pen-and-ink and water-colour drawing of Nandidrug with three English soldiers in the foreground and two Indian horsemen in the middle di... Read More
 20 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
Nandi Hills, Bangalore - 1794

This uncoloured aquatint is taken from plate 10 of Captain Alexander Allan's 'Views in the Mysore Country'. Nandidurg is at an altitude of around 4800 feet amid the Nandi Hills near Bangalore. Captain Allan described the fort as "a strong spacious fortress, with the... Read More
 18 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
James HUNTER
North Entrance of Tippoos Palace at Bangalore.

James Hunter, who served in India as a Lieutentant in the Royal Artillery, is best known for his Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore, 1805.

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 18 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
James HUNTER
View of Gopaul Droog, Mysore; View of Bysantiporam near Bangalore (Mysore)
Original watercolour, on paper, mounted on blue paper, captioned on ink beneath image and typed caption on verso.

James Hunter, who served in India as a Lieutentant in the Royal Artillery, is best known for ... Read More
 18 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
JAMES HUNTER c.1740-1792.
Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore. London: Edward Orme, [1804]-1805.

James Hunter was a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery under Cornwallis during the Third Anglo-Mysore War where British and Company troops defeated the Tipu Sultan. The views here include land... Read More
 17 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
Ravana receiving the Pashupata weapon from Shiva
India, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra (?), circa 1850-1900
Drawings; watercolors
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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 9 Feb 2015 Rare Paintings
Entrance to Lomas Rishi Cave, Barabar Hills, Gaya, Bihar - 1814

Pen-and-ink drawing of the entrance to the Lomas Rishi Cave in the Barabar Hills at Gaya, Bihar, dated 1814.

The excavation of this cave has been both architecturally and epigraphically dated to around 250 BC, when the area was rul... Read More
 23 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
Krishna and Rukmini as groom and bride in a celestial chariot driven by Ganesha
India, Rajasthan, Bundi, 1675-1700
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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 21 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
Navagunjara, a Universal Form of Krishna
ca. 1835
India (Rajasthan, Jodhpur[?])
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper

This colored drawing depicts a rare form of Krishna, Navagunjara, consisting of nine (nava) animal parts. In the Mahabharata, the Navagunjara form of Krishna (an avatar of Vi... Read More
 18 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
Illustration:
Vishnu beheading Rahu with his Sudarshana chakra
From the book - Mahabharata
By Ramanarayanadatta astri
Volume: 1, Published by Geeta Press, Gorakhpur. Read More
 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 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 arti... 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 of Ski... 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 troops ... Read More
 12 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
View from Malabar Hill - 1800

This is plate 3 from James Wales' 'Bombay Views'. The series was painted for Sir Charles Malet (1752-1815), the British Resident of Poona, who Wales met in Bombay in 1791.

The panoramic view (continued on plate 4) was taken across the Back Bay and includes the Flag... Read More