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John Seyller Professor of Art History at the University of Vermont U.S.A. is an internationally acclaimed authority on Indian painting. He specializes in the book arts produced under the Mughals and has written extensively on the imperial painting workshop as well as on individual manuscripts and their painters. His publications include Workshop and Patron in Mughal India The Freer Ramayana and Other Illustrated Manuscripts of Abd al-Rahim (1999) Pearls of the Parrot of India The Walters Art Museum Khamsa of Amir Khusraw of Delhi (2001) The Adventures of Hamza Painting and Storytelling in Mughal India (2002) and Eva and Konrad Seitz Collection of Indian Miniatures Mughal and Deccani Paintings (2010). He is lead author of Secret Gardens. Indian Paintings from the Porret Collection (2014). In 2013 he co-authored with Jagdish Mittal Pahari Drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art as well as Mughal Paintings Drawings and Islamic Calligraphy in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art. He is currently collaborating with him on a forthcoming Museum catalogue of Deccani paintings and drawings.Jagdish Mittal is an artist turned collector and art historian. He is the Principal Trustee of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art in Hyderabad to which he and his wife Kamla gifted their unique art collection in 1976. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1990 and Gagan Abani Puraskar in 2013. Along with a number of research articles published in prestigious journals he has written Andhra Paintings of the Ramayana (1969) Sublime Delight Through Works of Art from Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art (2007) Bidriware and Damascene Work in Jagdish & Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art (2011) and Deccani Scroll Paintings (2014).
|Title||Pahari Drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art|
|Author||John Seyller & Jagdish Mittal|
|Publisher||Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art|
Pahari drawings are sketches by artists of the states located in the foothills of the western Himalayas. These states some thirty in all were ruled by Hindu rajas and comprised Jammu (Kashmir) the northern hill region of the Punjab Himachal Pradesh and Garhwal (in modern-day Uttaranchal). From about C.E. 1630 court painting flourished in this remote and beautiful region thanks in large part to long periods of peace and prosperity.Over the past sixty years many museums and collectors have avidly sought out Pahari miniature paintings whose poetic imagery vibrant colours and meticulous workmanship have an immediate appeal. Although much has been written about them relatively little attention has been devoted to drawings done by the same painters. The main reason for this neglect is the lack of access to good drawings a fact that has meant that drawings have generally neither been studied in adequate depth nor properly published because drawings traditionally remained part of the artists stock and were not delivered to the patrons of their paintings.About half of the Pahari states became centres of painting from the 17th to 19th century but drawings are known mainly from Guler Jammu Kangra and Chamba and secondly from Basohli Mankot and Bandralta. This catalogue showcases examples from these schools the best drawings by the Guleri artist brothers Manaku and Nainsukh as well as by their sons and grandsons who were active at Guler Jammu Basohli and Chamba from about 1730 until 1825. Of great significance for study is the museums unparalleled collection of Chamba drawings most of them being published here for the first time.This publication the inaugural volume in the series of catalogues of the Museums drawings is the first serious study of Pahari drawings in fact of any school of Indian drawings. It showcases some of the finest drawings by Pahari painters and discusses in depth all aspects of their production themes and historical details.Pahari Drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Author: John Seyller & Jagdish Mittal, Category: Book, ISBN: 9788190487221, Condition: New."