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Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)

The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)
The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V.C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939). The Storming of the Dargai Heights by the 1st Gordon Highlanders and the Gurkhas, 1897

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Man Sing Palace, Gwalior, c1880 (1905). Artist: Alexander Henry Hallam Murray

The Man Sing Palace, Gwalior, c1880 (1905). Artist: Alexander Henry Hallam Murray
The Man Sing Palace, Gwalior, c1880 (1905). From The High-Road of Empire, by A. H. Hallam Murray. [John Murray, Ablemarle Street, London, 1905]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow, India, 1790. Artist: Johan Zoffany

Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow, India, 1790. Artist: Johan Zoffany
Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow, India, 1790. In an open-sided tent, East India Company officers and administrators sit and stand under a canopy

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Lakshmi, 1894. Creator: Unknown

Lakshmi, 1894. Creator: Unknown
Lakshmi, 1894

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Painting of a princess listening to female musicians

Painting of a princess listening to female musicians
Painting of a princess with a huqqa listening to female musicians in a palace garden, from Guler in the Punjab, from the V&As collection

Background imageHindoostan Collection: English grandee of the East India Company riding in an Indian procession, 1825-1830

English grandee of the East India Company riding in an Indian procession, 1825-1830

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Dhumavati / Matangi, 1885-90. Creator: Unknown

Dhumavati / Matangi, 1885-90. Creator: Unknown
Dhumavati/ Matangi, 1885-90

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs, ca. 1800. Creator: Unknown

Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs, ca. 1800. Creator: Unknown
Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs, ca. 1800. Hanumans mighty tail carries his army

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Calcutta - High Court, c1900

Calcutta - High Court, c1900. Calcutta High Court is the oldest High Court in India. It was established as the High Court of Judicature at Fort Williamon 1st July 1862 under the High Courts Act

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Krishna with Gopis on a Riverbank, 1750-1775. Creator: Unknown

Krishna with Gopis on a Riverbank, 1750-1775. Creator: Unknown
Krishna with Gopis on a Riverbank, 1750-1775. The god Krishna places a water pot on the head of Radha, his beloved. Radha is probably also depicted among the other milkmaids at an earlier moment

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Ekalavya, 1913. Artist: Nandalal Bose

Ekalavya, 1913. Artist: Nandalal Bose
Ekalavya, 1913. In the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, Ekalavya is a young prince of the Nishadha tribes and an excellent archer

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Maharani of Koch Bihar, West Bengal, India, 1893. Artist: W&D Downey

The Maharani of Koch Bihar, West Bengal, India, 1893. Artist: W&D Downey
The Maharani of Koch Bihar, West Bengal, India, 1893. From The Cabinet Portrait Gallery, fourth series, Cassell and Company Limited (London, Paris and Melbourne, 1893)

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Prince of Wales with the Maharajah of Gwalior during his Indian tour, 1921

The Prince of Wales with the Maharajah of Gwalior during his Indian tour, 1921. The future King Edward VIII and his host ride in the howdah of a decorated elephant

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Shri Sheshanarayana, Vishnu Narayana on Shesha, 1886. Creator: Unknown

Shri Sheshanarayana, Vishnu Narayana on Shesha, 1886. Creator: Unknown
Shri Sheshanarayana, Vishnu Narayana on Shesha, 1886

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Two Hindu Women in Elaborate Jewelry, Before Studio Backdrop with Palm Trees, 1860s-70s

Two Hindu Women in Elaborate Jewelry, Before Studio Backdrop with Palm Trees, 1860s-70s

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Jahangir and his Father, Akbar, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, verso: ca

Jahangir and his Father, Akbar, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, verso: ca. 1630; recto: ca.1540-50

Background imageHindoostan Collection: King Dasaratha and His Retinue Proceed to Ramas Wedding: Folio from the Shangri

King Dasaratha and His Retinue Proceed to Ramas Wedding: Folio from the Shangri Ramayana Series (Style II), ca. 1690-1710

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Kedar Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes), ca. 1690-95

Kedar Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes), ca. 1690-95. Ascetic listening to a disciple playing the rudra vina

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Krishna Subduing Kaliya, the Snake Demon: Folio from a Bhagavata Purana Series, ca

Krishna Subduing Kaliya, the Snake Demon: Folio from a Bhagavata Purana Series, ca. 1785. Krishna battles Kaliya, a hundred-headed serpent (naga) who was poisoning the river Yamuna

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Sezincote, Gloucestershire, home of Baronet Rushout, c1880

Sezincote, Gloucestershire, home of Baronet Rushout, c1880. Sezincote was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell in Mughal style and completed in 1805

Background imageHindoostan Collection: John Wood Approaching Bombay, c1850. Artist: Joseph Heard

John Wood Approaching Bombay, c1850. Artist: Joseph Heard
John Wood Approaching Bombay, c1850. At this time the East India Company was still governing India. The company was founded in 1600 to challenge the Dutch

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Maharao Umed Singh hunting tigers, 1787. Creator: Hans Raj Joshi

Maharao Umed Singh hunting tigers, 1787. Creator: Hans Raj Joshi
Maharao Umed Singh hunting tigers, 1787

Background imageHindoostan Collection: A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Creator: Unknown

A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Creator: Unknown
A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Perhaps Radha, the divine consort of Krishna

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Nizam of Hyderabad, c1911, (c1920). Creator: Bourne & Shepherd

The Nizam of Hyderabad, c1911, (c1920). Creator: Bourne & Shepherd
The Nizam of Hyderabad, c1911, (c1920). Portrait of Asaf Jah VII (1886-1967), the last Nizam (ruler) of the princely state of Hyderabad in India

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Calcutta, from Garden house reach, 1835. Creator: William Daniell

Calcutta, from Garden house reach, 1835. Creator: William Daniell
Calcutta, from Garden house reach, 1835. From " The Oriental Annual, or Scenes in India", by William Daniell, R.A. [Bull and Churton, London, 1835]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Of the Imperial Cadet Corps, 1903. Artist: Mortimer L Menpes

Of the Imperial Cadet Corps, 1903. Artist: Mortimer L Menpes
Of the Imperial Cadet Corps, 1903. From The Durbar, by Mortimer Menpes. Text by Dorothy Menpes. [Adam and Charles Black, London, 1903]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Marble pavilion in the Fort Gardens, Lahore, India, late 19th or early 20th century

Marble pavilion in the Fort Gardens, Lahore, India, late 19th or early 20th century. Lahore Fort was built in the 1560s by the Mughal Emperor Akbar

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Indian cavalrymen, 1896. Artist: Gregory & Co

Indian cavalrymen, 1896. Artist: Gregory & Co
Indian cavalrymen, 1896. Guides Cavalry (Queens Own) of the North West Frontier; the Central India Horse; the 1st Bengal Cavalry (the famous 1st Irregulars)

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst

Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst
Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Published in L Art Decoratif de Leon Bakst. (Paris, 1913). From a private collection

Background imageHindoostan Collection: A mounted man hunting birds with a falcon, early 18th century. Creator: Unknown

A mounted man hunting birds with a falcon, early 18th century. Creator: Unknown
A mounted man hunting birds with a falcon, early 18th century

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Lion at Rest, ca. 1585. Creator: Mansur

Lion at Rest, ca. 1585. Creator: Mansur
Lion at Rest, ca. 1585

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Maharana Sarup Singh Inspects a Prize Stallion, 1845-46. Creator: Tara

Maharana Sarup Singh Inspects a Prize Stallion, 1845-46. Creator: Tara
Maharana Sarup Singh Inspects a Prize Stallion, 1845-46

Background imageHindoostan Collection: A Tailor, c1920s. Creator: Mortimer L Menpes

A Tailor, c1920s. Creator: Mortimer L Menpes
A Tailor, c1920s. Indian man with beard and turban, sewing with needle and thread. From " India" by Flora A. Steel. [A. & C. Black, Ltd, London, c1920s]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Prince of Wales on a tiger hunt during his visit to India, 1876 (1901). Artist

The Prince of Wales on a tiger hunt during his visit to India, 1876 (1901). Artist
The Prince of Wales on a tiger hunt during his visit to India, 21 February 1876 (1901). The future King Edward VIIs (1841-1910) elephant charged by a tiger in the Nepal Terai

Background imageHindoostan Collection: In the Temple of Amritsar, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes

In the Temple of Amritsar, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes
In the Temple of Amritsar, 1905. From India, by Mortimer Menpes. Text by Flora A. Steel. [Adam & Charles Black, London, 1905]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: A Native Bullock-cart, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes

A Native Bullock-cart, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes
A Native Bullock-cart, 1905. From India, by Mortimer Menpes. Text by Flora A. Steel. [Adam & Charles Black, London, 1905]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Leisure Hours, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes

Leisure Hours, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes
Leisure Hours, 1905. From India, by Mortimer Menpes. Text by Flora A. Steel. [Adam & Charles Black, London, 1905]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Red Shutter, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes

The Red Shutter, 1905. Artist: Mortimer Luddington Menpes
The Red Shutter, 1905. From India, by Mortimer Menpes. Text by Flora A. Steel. [Adam & Charles Black, London, 1905]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: A Camel-Sowar of the 10th Bengal Lancers, c1880 (1905). Artist: Alexander Henry Hallam Murray

A Camel-Sowar of the 10th Bengal Lancers, c1880 (1905). Artist: Alexander Henry Hallam Murray
A Camel-Sowar of the 10th Bengal Lancers, c1880 (1905). From The High-Road of Empire, by A. H. Hallam Murray. [John Murray, Ablemarle Street, London, 1905]

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Liptons Teas advertisement, 1893

Liptons Teas advertisement, 1893. Hand-coloured later

Background imageHindoostan Collection: A View of Tinnevelly, India, 1828. Artist: Marlet et Cie

A View of Tinnevelly, India, 1828. Artist: Marlet et Cie
A View of Tinnevelly, India, 1828. A lithograph from L Inde Francais, 1828. From the collection of Jean Claude Carriere

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Soldiers from the British Indian Army, France, c1915

Soldiers from the British Indian Army, France, c1915. The British Indian Army saw service in the Middle East and East Africa, at Gallipoli and on the Western Front

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The all-India cricket team of 1911 (1912)

The all-India cricket team of 1911 (1912). From Imperial Cricket, edited by P F Warner and published by The London and Counties Press Association Ltd (London, 1912)

Background imageHindoostan Collection: Group Portrait of Sir Elijah and Lady Impey, 1783. Creator: Johan Zoffany

Group Portrait of Sir Elijah and Lady Impey, 1783. Creator: Johan Zoffany
Group Portrait of Sir Elijah and Lady Impey, 1783

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The scales, 1921. Creator: Ernest Stephen Lumsden

The scales, 1921. Creator: Ernest Stephen Lumsden
The scales, 1921

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The evening river. From: Fourth Indian plates, 1927. Creator: Ernest Stephen Lumsden

The evening river. From: Fourth Indian plates, 1927. Creator: Ernest Stephen Lumsden
The evening river. From: Fourth Indian plates, 1927

Background imageHindoostan Collection: King Emperor's Hunt in India, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

King Emperor's Hunt in India, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
King Emperor's Hunt in India, 1911. Shows George V of England, who traveled to India in December 1911 to be installed as King-Emperor of India, on a hunting trip in Nepal, December 1911

Background imageHindoostan Collection: The Social Science Congress at Sheffield: Sir Manockjee Cursetjee...on education in India, 1865

The Social Science Congress at Sheffield: Sir Manockjee Cursetjee...on education in India, 1865. Creator: Unknown
education in India, 1865. View of...the meeting, on Friday, of the Educational Department, Mr. Thomas Chambers, M.P. presiding, when Sir Manockjee Cursetjee, a Parsee gentleman of Bombay



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"Hindoostan: A Tapestry of Rich Heritage and Cultural Marvels" Step into the enchanting world of Hindoostan, where history unfolds through captivating tales and mesmerizing art. From the valiant exploits of The Gordon Highlanders to the vibrant strokes depicting a princess immersed in melodic bliss, this diverse land beckons with its myriad wonders. In 1897, Piper Findlater's heroic feat at Dargai earned him the prestigious Victoria Cross, symbolizing bravery amidst adversity. This remarkable story resonates even today, reminding us of the indomitable spirit that defines Hindoostan. The painting "Lakshmi" transports us to an era shrouded in mystery as we witness a princess entranced by soul-stirring melodies played by female musicians. Created in 1894 by an unknown artist, it captures the essence of grace and elegance that permeated Hindoostani royalty. Travel back further in time to 1835 when William Daniell immortalized Calcutta from Garden House Reach. His brushstrokes vividly depict a bustling cityscape adorned with architectural marvels that stand tall till this day – a testament to Hindoostan's rich past. Delve deeper into mythology with "Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs, " an exquisite artwork dating back to around 1800. Its creator remains unknown but their skill is evident as they bring alive Hanuman's legendary strength and devotion on canvas. Johan Zoffany takes us on a journey to Lucknow in 1790 through his masterpiece "Colonel Mordaunt watching a cockfight. " Amidst cheers and excitement, we catch glimpses of colonial India's social fabric intertwined with traditional customs – a fascinating blend unique to Hindoostan. Witness history unfold before your eyes as you gaze upon The Prince of Wales standing alongside Maharajah Gwalior during his Indian tour in 1921.