Indian Painting in the Punjab Hills: Essays

Indian Painting in the Punjab Hills: Essays

Indian Painting in the Punjab Hills: Essays

Indian Painting in the Punjab Hills: Essays

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The original impetus to write these essays arose out of work on two important collections --the P. C. Manuk and Miss G. M. Coles bequest and the Sir William Rothenstein collection, subsequently acquired by the Museum. For it was clear that without a new consideration of Northern Indian Painting many pictures must remain of doubtful attribution. A study of these paintings, however, was insufficient for reaching fresh conclusions and I have been greatly aided by Mr J. C. French and Mr W. B. Manley, both of whom gave me the freest possible access to their private collections and by Mr R. L. D. Jasper who procured for me certain important photographs. Mr French has further increased my sense of obligation by generously allowing me to reproduce three photographs taken by him in the Punjab Himalayas and to use some hitherto unpublished information. Besides making these acknowledgements, I must also express my deep gratitude to the Trustees, Leverhulme Fellowships, for a grant towards the expenses of research on Indian art; to all those owners of collections who have kindly allowed either myself or the Museum authorities to photograph pictures in their possession and who have permitted their reproduction; and to Mrs Mildred Archer, Mr J. V. S. Wilkinson, Mr B. W. Robinson, Mr Basil Gray, Mr Douglas Barrett, Mr John Irwin and Mr G. D. A. McPherson, all of whom have either discussed particular pictures with me or made suggestive criticisms. Above all, I must record my permanent indebtedness to Rai Krishna Das, Mr Gopi Krishna Kanoria, Mr Karl Khandalawala, Dr Moti Chandra and Dr V. S. Agrawala, with all of whom I have spent intensely happy and instructive hours. It is in the work of these distinguished Indian scholars and collectors that the future of Indian art-history chiefly lies.

W. G. ARCHER

October, 1951 . . .

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