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Splendours of the Subcontinent

The Queen’s Gallery, London

8 Jun - 14 Oct 2018

Two concurrent exhibitions at the Queen’s Gallery – ‘Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts’, and ‘A Prince’s Tour of India 1875–6’ – explore the relation between the British monarchy and South Asia over the centuries.

‘Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts’ ranges from illuminated Mughal manuscripts and exquisite natural history paintings to modern masterpieces and vivid depictions of the Hindu pantheon of gods. Together, the works on display span a geographical expanse from Kashmir to Kerala and a period of more than 400 years. ‘A Prince’s Tour of India 1875–6’ features a number of the Indian works of art given to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales – the future Kind Edward VII – during his four-month tour of the subcontinent.

Find out more about ‘Splendours of the Subcontinent’ from the Royal Collection’s website.

Painted frontispiece of The Queen’s Travels in Scotland and Ireland, translated into Hindi (1875), South Asia. Courtesy Royal Collection Trust; © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Asaf Khan during his accession ceremonies from the Padshahnama manuscript

Asaf Khan during his accession ceremonies from the Padshahnama manuscript (c. 1656), South Asia. Courtesy Royal Collection Trust; © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

State elephants at Baroda, 19 November 1875 (1875), Sydney Prior Hall. Courtesy Royal Collection Trust; © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Enamelled gold plate and attardan (perfume holder) presented by Ram Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur. Courtesy Royal Collection Trust; © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Enamelled gold inkstand, presented by Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh, Maharaja of Benares. Courtesy Royal Collection Trust; © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

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