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CAPTAIN CLAUDIUS HARRIS AND J GUIAUD, The Ruins of Mandoo: The Ancient Mahommedan Capital of Malwah in Central India by J Guiand, of Nice from Original Sketches of captain Claudius Harris of 8th Madras Light Cavalry with Descriptive and Historical Notices, and an Appendix, London: Day and Son, 1859

6 loose colour plates, each measuring 27.5 x 37.5 cm with an off-white mount
Housed in a blue half leather-bound solander box with gilt title to spine
27.5 x 37.5 x 5 cm (box)

The ancient city of Mandu in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh was a place of historical and architectural significance. The existence of this fortress town can be dated as early as the 6th century, and it has been the site of many conquests and civilisations, including those of the Paramara Dynasty, the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughals. These varying reigns saw the rise of splendorous architecture, such as Jami Mosque, Hoshang Shah's tomb, Jahaz Mahal, Baz Bahadur's palace and his paramour Roopmati's pavilion, and much more. The present lot - a set of six colour plates by J Guiaud based on sketches by Captain Claudius Harris of the British army - depicts these places in detailed illustrations. They were originally drawn in 1852 by Harris, an officer of the 8th Madras Light Cavalry, who says in the preface of the book that these Ruins are undergoing a perpetual process of rapid decay and consequent change of outward aspect, commenting on the poor maintenance of these historical buildings at the time.


1. The Modern Village of Mandoo, and the Ancient Mosque the "Jumah Musjid".
2. Front View of the Ruined Mosque, the "Jumah Musjid".
3. The Jahaz Mahal" or "Water Place".
4. Palace of the Sultan Baz Bahadoor, and Pavilion of Roop Muttee, his Queen.
5. The Marble Mausoleum of the Sultan Hoossain Shah Ghuree.
6. The Delhi Gate.

Reference: J R Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, 490

  Lot 64 of 101  

15-16 JANUARY 2020


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