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    Sale 7470

    Exploration and Travel

    26 - 27 September 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 413

    English School, 1804-1808

    Madras and environs

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    English School, 1804-1808
    Madras and environs
    a 2° album (550 x 412mm) containing 67 watercolours, mounted on 43 album leaves (detached), several signed with initials 'M.R.' and dated 1804-08, the majority of the subjects titled on the reverse or on the mounts
    pencil and watercolour on paper
    12¾ x 18¾in. (32.3 x 47.6cm.) and smaller

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    The subjects include views of 'St Thomé House (the part in front, built for Sir H[enry] G[willim]','A Mahomedan Mausoleum', 'Front View of St Thomé House near Madras', 'The Banyan Tree ...', 'Pandanus. A sort of bread fruit tree', 'An English nursery in India', 'Mr Falconer's villa on the Adgan', 'A Hindoo Choultry', 'Mr Webb's cotton farm house -- at Pummel where Lady G[willim] died', 'In the Mysore', 'Scene from the grounds at St Thomé House -- Sir HG's', 'At Go'param the gate of the Temple', 'Vishnu Brahmins', 'An English Gentleman in his Palanquin', 'A native with his book on palm leaves', 'Hindoo travellers', 'Entrance to a Hindoo village', 'S Thomé beach Fort S George in the distance', 'The mount -- 8 miles from Madras', 'A Hindoo bride and bridegroom in their palanquin. 1804', 'St Helena James Town', 'The Cape of Good Hope 1808', 'Ascension Isd 1808' and others.

    The album contains the work of several artists: in addition to the works dated to the early 1800s, a large number of later figure studies (probably copies of prints) and a handful of works which may be by Company School artists.

    From the evidence of many of the subjects, one of the artists would appear to be an associate of Sir Henry Gwillim, East India Company chief justice in Madras and an outspoken critic of the governor (Henry William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland, governor 1803-07) and governance of Madras in the early 1800s. His wife Elizabeth died in India on 21 December 1807.

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