popular print / album
Album of popular prints mounted on cloth pages. Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 31. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is seated on the banks of a river. Her feet rest on a lotus flower, and she carries another in her left hand. Her mount, an owl, is positioned nearby.
- 1895 (circa)
- Printed in: Calcutta
- (Asia,South Asia,India,West Bengal,Calcutta)
- Height: 41 centimetres (sheet)
- Width: 30.5 centimetres (sheet)
Inscription Positionupper border
Inscription Positionlower border
Inscription ContentLakshmi, goddess of wealth.
Inscription CommentTitle, and numbered 31 in the lower right corner as well as the upper left.
Lithography was gaining momentum as a medium for picture production in the 1870s, and several studios operated in Bengal producing popular prints for the mass market. Hand-written captions in English have been added to the Bengali letter-press of the majority of the prints (some letterpress also in Hindi). The majority of the chromolithographs in this album were produced in Calcutta and reflect Bengal devotional cults; the final four prints were published by the Ravi Varma Press from Lonavla, c. 1910.
Acquired by the vendor in a library sale in the UK.
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Object reference number: RFI40981
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