India Documented in Watercolors (1850-1870)

Enticed by the exotic culture and stunning landscapes of India many British artists travelled the country and recorded their experiences via artworks, most popular being the water-colorist William Carpenter. He travelled extensively for seven years (1850-57) and managed to capture the Indian culture and landscapes in the most accurate and realistic manner.  It’s because of the authenticity and well-observed preciseness of his artworks that his wide collection of 200+ watercolors is considered a valuable source of information for documentation purposes.

Shown below are some of the most incredible watercolors made by W. Carpenter.

Interior of the Neminath temple, Dilwara, Mount Abu- 1851

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Two Kashmiri Girls- 1854
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The Golden Temple at Amritsar- 1854
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Grove of date palms near Breach Candy, Bombay- 1850
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Street scene in the bazaar in Udaipur, Rajasthan- 1851
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Akali Sikh sitting near the causeway to the 'Golden Temple' in Amritsar- 1854
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Interior of the Golden Temple, Worshippers are gathered around the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs which rests on a red cushion under a canopy Amritsar- 1854
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Portrait of Tara Chand, the court painter of Udaipur- 1851
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A Singwali or woman of a wandering gypsy tribe- 1855
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Mar Canal at Srinagar, Kashmir- 1855
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There were many other artists commissioned by the East India Company, the main propose was to give the British community back home, a pictorial peek into the ethnic culture and the amazing flora & fauna of India. William Simpson, also a watercolorist has a comprehensive set of artworks to his credit. Originally a war artist, he was sent to India to sketch historic events following the ‘Revolt of 1857’ (Sepoy war) however he was so enamored by the diverse Indian customs, notable monuments and festivities, he ended up painting more of local scenes and landscapes. His plan was to produce an illustrated publication of his artworks made in India which unfortunately never materialized.

Shown below are some of the remarkable watercolors made by W. Simpson.

Ellora- 1862
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Panchganga Ghat from the Ganges, Benares, Varanasi- 1860
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Ghats on the bank of the River Jumna, Mathura (U.P) 1865
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Indian School of Calcutta:- Students seated on mats around their master, working on slates- 1859
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Nandi bull in a courtyard of a temple in Benares. - 1864
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Akal Bunga ('timeless house') in the Sikhs' Golden Temple at Amritsar- 1864
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Water wheel being turned by two bullocks, Amritsar- 1864
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A hill village near Simla in the Himalayas. - 1860
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Taj Mahal, the monument as seen from the garden, with Europeans and malis (gardeners) in the foreground and flowerpots- 1864
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Gateway of the Buddhist shrine- Sanchi Stupa- 1865
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