The Grand Mughals - Babur to Bahadur Shah Zafar (1526-1857)

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 14 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Eastern gate of the Jummah Musjid at Delhi, by Thomas Daniell, print, aquatint, 1795, London.

This depicts one of the entrances to the Jami Masjid, with steps leading up to an imposing gateway. There is a procession with elephants in the foreground.

This is one of a set of twenty-four print... Read More
 10 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
'The Taje Mahel, Agra'. Aquatint, drawn and engraved by Thomas and William Daniell. Published Thomas Daniell, London, 1801.

Coloured aquatint by Thomas and William Daniell of the Taj Mahal at Agra, dated 1801.

This print, together with the one entitled "The Taje Mahel, Agra. Taken in the ga... Read More
 10 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Eastern Gate of the Jumma Musjid at Delhi - 1795

Plate 1 from the first set of Thomas Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' The Jami Masjid of Delhi, the largest mosque in India, was built between 1644 and 1658, as the principal religious monument of the new capital of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, e... Read More
 4 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Duryodhana and his brothers
Razmnama painting
Opaque water colour and gold on paper

This painting has been detached from an illustrated volume of the Razmnama, or Book of War, the Persian translation of the Mahabharata. This Sanskrit text was translated by order of the emperor Akbar so t... Read More
 2 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
This archaic battle scene, taken from the epic Razmnameh, depicts Arjuna and Bhishma in their war chariots attacking one another from opposing sides. Charioted horses await below, while a group of horsemen, sounding a trumpet and drum, stand in the top right corner.

Artist: Bandi
Mughal styl... Read More
 27 May 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting from the Akbarnama, the battle preceding the capture of the fort at Bundu, gouache on paper, Mughal, India, 1590-1595.

This painting by the Mughal court artist Tulsi Kalan depicts the battle preceding the capture of Bundi fort in north-western India by the Mughal army in 1577. It is a... Read More
 5 May 2013 New Books
Digital Book:
The Organization of Education in Mughal India
By Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi
Published by Indian History Congress, Delhi - 2008

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Painting; gouache on mica, A Muslim school; the teacher smoking a... Read More
 3 May 2013 Rare Paintings
Album leaf, copy (?). Devotion. Prince Parvíz (?) visiting a religious teacher with attendants with inscription. On paper.

1770 (circa)
Mughal Style

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 3 May 2013 Rare Paintings
Album leaf; painting depicting a Mulla kneeling with an open book rested against his knee expounding in the court of a mosque, surrounded by three engaged students. Another man lays (in a prostrating position) on cushions directly behind, while another man addresses a wounded foot in the foregrou... Read More
 3 May 2013 Rare Paintings
Depiction of a scene in a school. An instructor is shown seated beneath a canopy writing on a scoll surrounded by his pupils. Outside the walls a group of men stand next to their horses listening to another man seated upon a box.

Detached album folio containing a single-page coloured drawing. ... Read More
 17 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
A shaykh and companions listen to music at night. (c.1645)
La'lchand (artist, attributed)

Watercolour and gilt on paper

An album of 41 Indian paintings, chiefly from the Shahjahan period (1628-1658), expressive of the Mughal lineage of Shahjahan; with 37 calligraphic specimens by Mīr Alī-a... Read More
 10 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
Kannauj on the River Ganges -1804

Plate 12 from the fourth set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery,' which they called 'Twenty-four Landscapes.' The views progress northwards from the far south at Cape Comorin to Srinagar in Garhwal in the Himalaya mountains. Kannauj was an impor... Read More
 4 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
An Interview between the royal emissary Mir Muizzu'l Mulk and the rebel Bahadur Khan. Painting from the Akbarnama, ca. 1590-1595.

Marks and inscriptions:
amal Farrukh Beg Work of Farrokh Beg

The Akbarnama was commissioned by the emperor Akbar as the official chronicle of his reign in 1589 ... Read More
 3 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
Akbar's triumphant entry into Surat. Painting from Akbarnama, ca.1590-1595

Composed and painted by Farrukh Beg.

This illustration to the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar) depicts the Mughal emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605) riding on a black horse through Surat in western India after taking the city in 1... Read More
 3 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
An aged mulla by Farrokh Beg, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, ca. 1615

An elderly man with a long white beard is depicted standing in front of a tree, with other flowering plants around him. The margins of this page from an album are filled with flowering plants outlined in gold.... Read More
 3 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
Farrukh Beg
Born in Iran ca.1545, active 1580-1615, at the Mughal courts in Kabul, Lahore, Agra and the Sultanate of Bijapur, died in Agra in ca.1619. Read More
 3 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
"MINERVA. SCHOOL OF KESU DAS, MUGHAL INDIA, LATE 16TH CENTURY. Gouache heightened with gold on paper, the European-style Minerva stands contraposto, one hand resting on her gorgon-headed shield, the other holding a spear, within a landscape, slightly trimmed, blue, gold, orange, green and white m... Read More
 3 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
Keshav Das

Akbar with falcon receiving Itimam Khan, while below a poor petitioner (self-portrait of the painter Keshav Das as an old man) is driven away by a royal guard: page from the Jahangir Album

Mughal court at Lahore, dated 1589 Inscribed: signed and dated by Kesu Das, and scribal annot... Read More
 3 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
Kublai Khan and His Empress Enthroned, from a Jami al-Twarikh (or Chingiznama)

Kesu Kalan (Keshav Das)
Mughal dynasty
Reign of Akbar

Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H: 38.8 W: 25.3 cm

This painting from the era of the Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1605) p... Read More
 3 Apr 2013 Rare Paintings
Saint Jerome
By Keshav Das (active ca. 1570–1604)
ca. 1580–85
India (Mughal court at Delhi)
Opaque watercolor on paper

This work, signed “Kesu Das,” was adapted from a European source, in all probability an engraving by Mario Cartaro published in 1564. The wide circulation of European C... Read More