THIRTY-SEVEN MICA PAINTINGS OF CASTES AND PEOPLE OF INDIA
THIRTY-SEVEN MICA PAINTINGS OF CASTES AND PEOPLE OF INDIA

INDIA, 19TH CENTURY

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THIRTY-SEVEN MICA PAINTINGS OF CASTES AND PEOPLE OF INDIA
INDIA, 19TH CENTURY
Opaque pigments on mica leaves, of castes, occupations and various scenes, mounted, glazed and framed, with a handwritten letter signed W. B. Addis and dated Coimbatoor, July 8th 1835, and six other paintings on mica plates, in wooden box, very good condition together with mica painting of a drummer performing next to a mandap, mounted, framed and glazed
Larger frame 27 x 20in. (68.5 x 51cm.) (36)
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William Bawn Addis (1800-1871)

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William Bawn Addis was born on September 17th 1800 in Hambrook, Gloucestershire, and died at Cooanoor (Coonoor), in Tamil Nadu, India, on February 18th, 1871. He spent 31 years in Coimbatoor (Mettupalayam) after a first posting at Nagercoil as a Protestant missionary (http://surman.english.qmul.ac.uk/images.php?dbid=00112&seq=1). W. B. Addis authored A Brief Account of the First Thirty Years of the Coimbatoor Mission, South India, in Connexion with the London Missionary Society, Being the First Protestant Mission in that Province (Foster Press, 1866).

In a letter from Addis to his family offered with this lot, the missionary hopes that '[the drawings] will give [them] a better idea of the people [of India] than any [they] can get in England. They were obviously sent to England as a souvenir of his time in India.

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