The Art of Play Board and Card Games of India
By Andrew Topsfield
Publisher: Marg Publications
It is not commonly known that several of the world's most popular board games were conceived in the Indian subcontinent, including Ludo (chaupar or pachisi), Snakes and Ladders, and not least...
A game of Pachisi, India, 1855
Painting by a British artist William Carpenter
William Carpenter was the eldest son of the distinguished portrait painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter and of William Hookham Carpenter, who became Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum. In...
A party of horse merchants from Cabool and Persia.
Gouache painting on paper of a group of horse merchants from Kabul and Persia. Twelve men are shown seated on a carpet and one man is shown standing. The standing figure to the left of the page holds a sword at his waist. Below this figure, se...
This chromolithograph is taken from plate 50 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The picture is suffused with the yellow glow of lamps in the gathering dusk; a woman is pictured leaning to light a lamp in a little niche at a street corner.
Gouache painting on paper of a market stall selling models of religious and everyday life themes. The trader is shown seated on the first tier of the stall. She wears a green sari with a yellow blouse and the pallu (headpiece of the sari) covers her head and shoulders. She wears a large amount of...
Watercolour painting with a pen and ink border of a woman spinning cotton and a man weaving. The man is seated in front of a large frame loom. He wears a white tunic with a shawl crossed over his chest and a red turban. He is weaving a white piece of fabric on the loom. To his right sits a woman ...
Watercolour painting with a pen and ink border of cotton production. A man sits on the floor ginning cotton to separate the fibres from the seeds. He sits in front of a wooden frame through which he is ginning the cotton. He wears yellow trousers with a white tunic and red turban. Behind him are ...