NEW SOUTH WALES – TAASA Review September 2010


This article was originally found in the September 2010 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 19, Issue 3, Page 30).

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The Indian empire, multiple realities Selections from the Portvale Collection The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 19 August ­ 7 November 2010 This ambitious exhibition presents aspects of the Indian empire when artistic patrons were as diverse as Indian maharajas, East India Company employees, and the military and administrative personnel of the British Raj.

When foreigners started arriving in India centuries ago, they were captivated by the people, architecture, customs and costumes of the subcontinent.

By the late 18th century, when the British presence was more widespread through India, artists were commissioned to portray the world the foreigners had encountered. The imaging of India coincided with the development of new, multiple printing techniques such as lithography and, from the 1850s, photography...