Posted on: 29 August 2014

Ganesha enthroned.

From a collection of thirty watercolours and painted lithographs depicting deities, all with English inscriptions describing each scene
Kalighat, circa 1860-1870.

Watercolours on paper, laid down on larger sheets, all with sometimes idiosyncratic inscriptions in English.

Kalighat pictures were produced by patuas, village artists, from 1800 until about 1930 for pilgrims visting the Kali temple at Kalighat. The artists working at the temple, originally built in the 17th Century close to the Hooghly river and about two miles from the centre of Calcutta, were much influenced by British artists, as can be seen by with the use of watercolour and a large format on paper, techniques not always used by the earlier miniature artists. Religious subjects were the most popular, along with scenes of bustling 19th Century Calcutta life.

Source: Bonhams

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Inscribed in ms: "Ganesh the first son of Mahadeo on his mouse, It is necessary to worship this god first of all, without which devoution to other gods are not accepted"