A lithograph dated 1799 and titled ‘Excavated Temple of the Island of Salsette’ shows the portico of a rock-cut temple inside Borivli’s Kanheri caves.
The lithograph was created by British artists Thomas Daniell and William Daniell and is one of 1,000 old prints, maps and books on India on display at an exhibition titled Rare Finds — Revisiting Hindoostan.
The show, on at the Cymroza Art Gallery in Breach Candy from December 12 to 18, showcases works dating from 1560 to 1920.
“These rare pieces have been sourced from collectors and institutions across India,” says art historian and entrepreneur Dilnavaz Mehta, who has curated the exhibition. Mehta has selected the 1,000 pieces from different collectors and institutes from various parts of the country for this exhibition.
Another interesting collectible on display is a map of the Mughal empire, dated 1638. “The map also features images of wild animals, indicating the types of wildlife that existed in the different regions of then Hindoostan,” says Mehta.
Among the items on display in the books section, meanwhile, is a 14-volume set dated 1886, compiled by WW Hunter, then head of the statistical department of the government of India. The volumes list all the presidencies and districts of India, detailing the number of people in each precinct and naming the most prominent citizens.
All the exhibits are up for grabs, with prices ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 50,000.