A Thakoor Dwaree. Interior of Lata Kashmeeree Mul's House, Benares. Deii Pennates and Sacra in the Sanctum.
On Stone by L. Haghe. Drawn by Ja.s Prinsep Esq.r.
Day & Haghe Lith.rs to the King, 17 Gate St.
Lithograph. On india. Printed area: 215 x 260mm (8½ x 10¼"), with very large margins. Foxing in margins. Plate 8 from James Prinsep's 'Benares Illustrated' it shows the interior of a sanctuary in house in Benares.
[Ref: 42749] £140.00
From a Sketch by Lieut.t Shearman, G. Bird. R.E.
Lithographed by Parish. Artist &.c Colchester.
Lithograph, rare. Sheet: 175 x 235mm (7 x 9¼"). Marking and some staining. A slightly satirical portrait of Commissioner Yeh (1807-1859), a Canton official who fought British influence in the aftermath of the First Opium War and who was involved in the beginning of the Second. Yeh was often characterised as the embodiment of Chinese xenophobia. Yeh died as a Prisoner of War in Calcutta.
[Ref: 42615] £260.00
[Two images of the execution of Sokichi.]
[Photographs by Felice Beato.]
Two photographs and an engraved card description, each c. 110 x 150mm (4 x 6"). Sokichi, a 22-year old servant, was subjected to death by tied spread-eagled crucifixion and spearing for the killing of Mikisasuro, son of his master Nuiske, during a robbery. The upper image shows a close-up detail of the positioning of his body; the lower image shows a more general view of the place of execution, with an array of heads, laid out on tables, illustrating the practice of 'gokumon'. This was regarded as the severest of the beheading punishments, as the heads were skewered on specially constructed stands, displayed for several days before being thrown away. Felice Beato (1832-1909) took photographs during the Crimean War, India Mutiny and Second Opium War before moving to Japan in 1863, setting up a commercial studio in Yokohama.
[Ref: 42304] £420.00
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Kuddum Russool at Gour, Where they Shew the Print of their Prophet's Foot, in a Piece of White Marble.
H.C. Delin.t. I. Moffat, Sculp.
[Published by James Moffat, n.d., c.1808.]
Aquatint, scarce. Watermark 'S.Wise & Patch 1806'. Plate: 365 x 510mm (14¼ x 20"), with large margins. Slight central vertical crease. A view of the Qadam Rasul mosque in Gour, West Bengal from James Moffat's (1775-1815) series of aquatints 'Views at Gaur', published in 1808 in Calcutta, after drawings by Henry Creighton (1767-1807). Creighton's drawings and study pioneered the research into the medieval ruins of Gaur which had once been the ancient capital of the rulers of Bengal.
[Ref: 42501] £580.00
[Brigadier Wheeler's forces crossing the River Guj on their way to the Kote Mangra.]
A. Jack del. No. 2. [Drawn on stone by J. Picken.]
[London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1847.]
Hand-coloured lithograph, rare. Sheet: 420 x 605mm (16½ x 23¾"). Tears in margins, light paper tone. A scene in Kangra, India showing British troops marching to the hill fort of Kot Kangra. A convoy of soldiers, elephants and cattle carry cannon and supplies.
[Ref: 42739] £550.00
C. Graham del. A.H. Payne sc.
Verlag der Englischen Kunstanstalt von A.H. Payne in Leipzig.
Steel engraving, sheet 180 x 235mm (7 x 9¼"). Prospect of the trading port of Macao (Macau), on the South China Sea; a sailing ship in foreground. Macao is now, along with Hong Kong, one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China.
Not in Chater Collection; for coloured impression see ref. 37024.
[Ref: 42254] £80.00
Seringapatam This Plate is Dedicated to the Governor General in Council of Fort William by his faithful and obedient Servant J. Alefounder
Alefounder Aqua Forti [c.1788]
Scarce & fine etching, J. Whatman watermark; sheet 295 x 480mm (11½ x 19"). Trimmed. Fine view of Seringapatam, India, by the portrait and miniature painter John Alefounder (1757-94). After some success in London, in 1785 Alefounder left England for India, in defiance of East India Company policy aimed at restricting the number of artists working there. Anxious to establish himself, Alefounder went 'melancholy mad' (his painting materials were sold without his consent during this time). After recovering some of his pictures, Alefounder continued to work but with little success- he painted a series of pictures of local life which he hoped to have engraved, but this scheme also failed to lack of support. Alefounder made several attempts on his life, one of which was prevented by the artist Balthazar Solvyns, but eventually he cut his throat with a penknife and died in 1794. This is one of few etched works by Alefounder.
[Ref: 42256] £850.00