Sita Ram's Painted Views of India

Sita Ram's Painted Views of India

Lord Hastings's Journey from Calcutta to the Punjab, 1814 - 15

  1. Edited and with introductions by J. P. Losty
  • ISBN 9780500518274
  • 23.00 x 30.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 256pp
  • With over 200 colour illustrations
  • First published 2015

Sita Ram's Painted Views of India

Lord Hastings’s Journey from Calcutta to the Punjab in 1814–15 through pre-colonial India, beautifully illustrated with never-before-published watercolours by Sita Ram

‘Ram’s large watercolours, over 200 of them, executed with exquisite precision, are an invaluable archive of the Colonial era and delightful in themselves’ – Mature Times 
'A priceless combination of text and images: a unique insight into a lost world'– The Lady

Lord Hastings’s journal of his travels from Calcutta to the Punjab in 1814 records the events and views of this journey accompanied by more than 200 large watercolour illustrations. This book includes an edited version of the journal charting his passage through the India of the early nineteenth century.

Though Sita Ram’s picturesque paintings were a sharp departure from the accurate ‘Company’ views of Indian monuments, they nonetheless revealed his eye for architectural detail.

J. P. Losty brings alive the 17-month long expedition in a flotilla of 220 boats from Barrackpore past Patna, Benares, Allahabad and Cawnpore, and then overland to Lucknow, Delhi and the Punjab.

J. P. Losty retired in 2005 after 34 years as a curator of Indian visual materials in the Asian department of the British Library. His major books include The Art of the Book in India, Calcutta City of Palaces, The Ramayana, Delhi from Red Fort to Raisina and Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire.