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 11 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
A lantern slide photo of the Old Palace, Mysore - c.1880

It was the seat of power for Krishna Raja Wodeyar the third who ruled from 1799 until 1868. The design, typical of Hindu architecture, uses a simple column-and-beam structure. The columns however, were elaborately carved in the style com... Read More
 11 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
"Palace of the Maharajah of Mysore, India," from the Illustrated London News, 1881 (with modern hand colouring).

Source: Columbia University Read More
 11 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
"The Old Palace, Mysore," a photo by Nicholson & Son, Madras, c.1880's

Source: Columbia University Read More
 7 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
IMPERIAL CITY

On the morning of 15th December 1911 an unexpected ceremony was performed in the Government of India Camp, when Their Majesties graciously laid the stones which are to serve not merely as lasting and visible memorials of the Royal visit, but are the foundation stones of the new ... Read More
 26 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper, of the Taj Mahal. The painting shows the Taj Mahal to the east when standing in front of the mosque. In the far distance on the left hand side of the painting is the Yamuna River and behind the Taj Mahal, the 'jawab' or guest house is just visible. The focus of the ... Read More
 26 Oct 2013 Rare Maps
Agra without the Taj.

Map Maker: Alain Manesson Mallet
Paris / 1683

An attractive birds eye view of the city. From Mallet's monumental Description de l' Univers, first published in Paris in 1683, perhaps the greatest work of its kind in the 17th century.

This picture disproves the new narrativ... Read More
 25 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
Enameld Mosque in the town of Mathura

19th century

Credit: Wellcome Library, London Read More
 25 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
An aerial view of the Taj Mahal and gardens.

Gouache painting on paper.
Mughal Style
1800

? Trustees of the British Museum Read More
 23 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
The Ganary (Golghar) at Bankipur, near Patna (Bihar) seen from the river - 1814

Watercolour by Robert Smith (1787-1873) of the granary ('gola') at Bankipur, near Patna in Bihar, seen from the river with European officials' houses near by, dated 1814-15. The image is inscribed on the original m... Read More
 23 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
View of the Great Imambara and the Rumi Durwaza, from Moosah Bagh end of the city, Lucknow - 1860

This lithograph is taken from plate 26 of 'General Views of Lucknow' by Sir DS Dodgson.

The Great Imambara, which Dodgson described as the "architectural gem of Lucknow", has one of the largest... Read More
 23 Oct 2013 Rare Photographs
Husainabad Imambara, Lucknow - 1870

This photograph by John Edward Sach? (1870s) is from the Lee-Warner Collection. The Chhota Imanbara at Lucknow is also known as the Husainabad Imambara or Palace of Lights. It was built between 1837 and 1842 by Muhammed Ali Shah to serve as a mausoleum for h... Read More
 13 Oct 2013 Rare Photographs
Durga Temple
Benaras
ca. 1895 - ca. 1915

Source: Rijksmuseum Read More
 21 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of military offices in Fort St George, at Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in 1902. Madras was founded in 1639 by the British East India Company and was the first important English settlement in India... Read More
 21 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
A view of the Government House and Council Chamber, Madras - 1807

Aquatint of Madras (now Chennai) in south India, published by Edward Orme in 1807 and part of King George III's Topographical Collection. Madras was the first important settlement of the East India Company and was founded in 163... Read More
 21 Sep 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Fort St. George, Madras - A short history of our first possession in India
By Mrs. Frank Penny
With pen and ink sketches by the author, and other illustrations.
Published by Swan Sonnenschein in London - 1900

Read Book Online:

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 21 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Fort St. George, on the Coromandel Coast, East Indies

View of a large fort with a church to the left, on the sea-shore, with several peaked mountains behind and ships on the sea in the foreground, including one firing guns, to right of centre; illustration to a periodical.

1782
Etching

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 20 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Teppakulam, a Sacred Tank near Madura, Madras
by Francis Swain Ward

Date painted: 1772?1773
Oil on canvas, 81 x 130 cm

A large walled tank, in the centre of which is an island with a temple. The town of Madura with temples and palaces is seen in the distance.

Collection: British Library Read More
 14 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
A hand-coloured print of the Hindu College, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in c.1851-52. This is a general view of the classical main fa?ade of the Hindu College. The college was founded in 1817 and the foundation commi... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Pumping Engine for Hydraulic cranes, Calcutta Docks - 1891

Photograph taken in 1891 by an unknown photographer of interior of the Hydraulic Engine House building. Hydraulic power was produced to move cranes and to drain the graving docks (dry docks), where ship repairs were carried out. The pu... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Calcutta Docks, Engine House - 1890

Photograph taken in 1890 by an unknown photographer showing the hydraulic engine house at Kidderpore Docks. Hydraulic power was produced to move cranes and to drain the graving docks (dry docks), where ships repairs were carried out. The pumping engine house... Read More