5 October 1999
James Prinsep (1799-1840)
Eve of the Eclipse of the Moon, 25th November 1825, Benares
inscribed indistinctly '25/...and Raj Butubh Shiwala-(1)/2.Oomraogir Tooshta-/3. Temple of Lulita Debee' (on the reverse)
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour
7 x 10 in. (17.8 x 26.7 cm.)
Ella Prinsep, O.B.E., and by descent in the family.
Anon. sale, Christie's London, 9 November 1993, lot 142.
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Note on the eclipse of the moon and why so many people in Benares.
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