• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 123

    MRS H. FORSTER (BORN 1825)

    The Mausoleum at Hissar

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    MRS H. FORSTER (BORN 1825)
    The Mausoleum at Hissar
    signed with monogram and dated '/64' (lower left, overmounted) and inscribed 'The "Mausoleum" our house at Hissar where we resided for 18 years' (on the backing sheet, overmounted)
    pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of white, on blue paper
    9 x 12 3/8 in. (23 x 31.5 cm.)


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    It was not unusual for tombs outside Dehli to be used as residences. Sir Thomas Metcalfe's (1795-1853) retreat during the rainy season was built on the first floor of the tomb of Mohammed Quli Khan.

    According to a note attached to the backboard, the artist spent most of her life in India.

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