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Sultan Mahomed Shah's Tomb


John Sell Cotman

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Sultan Mahomed Shah's Tomb




Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out. This watercolour dates from 1833-34 and is based on an on-the-spot sketch by Commander Robert Elliot, R.N. (1790-1849). Elliot was a naval officer and his sketches in India and the Far East from 1822-24 were copied by professional artists such as Cotman, Cox, Purser, Prout, Allom, Stanfield and Boys and published as engravings in 'Views in India, China, and on the Shores of the Red Sea' in 1834. This watercolour was not in fact engraved but Prout's version was chosen and is opposite page 48. Prout included several more figures in his view and most noticeably a clump of trees at the right edge of the watercolour. A view by Cotman of 'Perawa, Malawa' was engraved for the book however and the original watercolour which is slightly smaller than the present work is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (8-1875). Another unused Indian view by Cotman, 'The Tomb of Hyder Ali Khan, Rajah of Mysore' is in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.
Bejapore or Bijapur, as it is now known, is about 330 miles north-west of Bangalore. The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah or Gol Gumbaz has the second largest dome in the world with a diameter of over 124 feet and was built in the mid seventeenth century.


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