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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 10

    Calcutta School, circa 1800

    An Indian Sarus Crane, Grus Antigone

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    Calcutta School, circa 1800
    An Indian Sarus Crane, Grus Antigone
    with inscription 'Saurace/[and in Persian]/Natural size' (upper left) and with further indistinct inscription 'antigone. I. Ordea 67/Indian Crane, gen... 38/1819-10' (lower left)
    pen and black ink, watercolour and bodycolour
    23 5/8 x 14 7/8 in. (60 x 38 cm.)

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    This crane is found in marshes, flooded fields and swamps of southern Asia, particularly northern India, and in coastal northern Australia.

    Stylistically the present drawing bears a strong resemblance to the studies of the birds that belonged to the travel writer George Annesley, 10th Viscount Valentia (1769-1844), which were exhibited by Cary Welch in Room for Wonder, 1978 (New York, The Asia Society, nos. 18 a-c). One of these drawings was shown at Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Indian Paintings for British Patrons 1770-1860, 1991, no. 11., as attributed to Gurudayal, an artist who worked at the menagerie at Barrackpore.

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    George Annesley, 10th Viscount Valentia (1769 - 1844).
    Stuart Cary Welch, from whom purchased by the present owner.