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popular print / album

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2003,1022,0.59

  • Description

    Album of popular prints mounted on cloth pages. Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 59. Krishna and Balarama are seated in a chariot driven by Akrura. They are leaving their home of Brindaban and travelling to Mathura to fight Krishna's uncle Kamsa. The gopis crowd around the chariot, clutching at the wheels, attempting to halt their departure. See 2003,1022,0.56 for a similar depiction from the same series.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1895 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41 centimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 30.5 centimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        lettering
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        lower border
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Printed at the Chore Bagan Art Studio.
        24, Bhoobun Banerjee's Lane, Calcutta.
      • Inscription Type

        lettering
      • Inscription Script

        Bengali
      • Inscription Position

        lower border
      • Inscription Language

        Bengali
      • Inscription Comment

        Title
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        lower border
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Krishna and Balaram starting for Mathura.
      • Inscription Comment

        Title, and numbered 59
  • Curator's comments

    The Chore Bagan studio produced popular prints for the mass market comparable to those being created at the larger Calcutta Art Studio. Lithography was gaining momentum as a medium for picture production in the 1870s, and the Chore Bagan studio, located in Bhoobun Bannerjee’s Lane, Calcutta, was active in the 1880s and 1890s. Images produced include depictions of Kali, the fight between Rama and Ravana, as well as prints depicting the followers of Chaitanya. Hand-written captions in English have been added to the Bengali letter-press of the majority (some letterpress also in Hindi). The majority of the prints 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.
    See Christopher Pinney, 'Photos of the Gods' London 2004 for a comprehensive account of nineteenth century popular prints in India.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Good

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired by the vendor in a library sale in the UK.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2003,1022,0.59

Album of popular prints mounted on cloth pages. Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 59. Krishna and Balarama are seated in a chariot driven by Akrura. They are leaving their home of Brindaban and travelling to Mathura to fight Krishna's uncle Kamsa. The gopis crowd around the chariot, clutching at the wheels, attempting to halt their departure. See 2003,1022,0.56 for a similar depiction from the same series.

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