Collections of Brirish Raj era to be auctioned

Bangalore-based auction house, Bid & Hammer Auctioneers said the auction would take place on August 17 at a city hotel, while the public preview of the collection at The Alliance Francaise de here would begin from tomorrow to August 16 (except August 15).

The collection covers 232 lots of visual impressions in the form of books, prints, maps and photographs, it said.

The individual prints, as well as illustrations in the books and the maps have been printed on paper by various printing techniques like engravings, aquatints, etchings, and lithography, some even tinted with colour by hand.

The historically significant visual impressions depict beautiful landscapes, monuments, portraits of Maharajas.

"The auction covers some of the earliest visual recordings of the significant historical events like coronation, warfare and revolutions shaping up to the present day life in India", it said.
An exclusive series of prints dedicated to the life of Tipu Sultan, the "Tiger of Mysore", is presented in this auction, which captures his indomitable spirit.

Some of the artists featured in this auction are George Edwards (1694-1773), William Hodges(1744-1797), Henry Salt (1780-1827), Robert Colebrook (1762-1808), James Forbes (1749-1819), Thomas (1749-1840) and William Daniel(1769-1837).

The photographers represented include Lala Deen Dayal (1845-1905), Edmund David Lyon (1825-1891), Penn (1849-1924) and Samuel Bourne (1834-1912).

Maher Dadha, Chairman and Managing Director, Bid and Hammer Auctioneers, said the works have been priced at estimates starting from Rs 7,500 (USD 163) going up to Rs 12 lakh (USD 26000).

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