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f.8 Gold Mohur blossom. 'Gultera. Ellora.'

f.8   Gold Mohur blossom.  'Gultera. Ellora.'

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1849

Shelfmark: WD1619

Item number: 1619

Length: 32.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of a Gold Mohur blossom, from an Album of 83 drawings; 80 of landscapes and antiquities in the northem Deccan, 2 portraits and 1 flower study made during a tour chiefly to Ellora, Rauza, Daulatabad, Aurangabad and Ajanta. September to November 1849. Although the artist is unidentified, these drawings are of some interest since they show the state of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves soon after the Royal Asiatic Society had brought them to the Company's notice in 1844. Robert Gill had been deputed to make a record of Ajanta in 1846 and was presumably on the spot when these sketches were made.

This drawing depicts a blossom of the Gold Mohur Tree (Delonix regia). This tree, which is indigenous to Madagascar, has beautiful scarlet flower.

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