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Mussulman beggar in a musjid, Ahmedabad

Mussulman beggar in a musjid, Ahmedabad

Artist: Carpenter, William (1818-1899)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1853

Shelfmark: WD3891

Item number: 3891

Length: 12.4

Width: 17.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Unfinished watercolour by William Carpenter (1818-1899) of a Muslim ascetic at a 'masjid' or mosque at Ahmedabad in Gujarat, dated sometime between 1850 and 1856. On the reverse of the image are various figure studies. Carpenter was born in London and in India for many years. He is mainly known for his portrait drawings, etchings and paintings. Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmad Shah as the capital of the newly-independent Gujarati sultanate. There are numerous mosques throughout the old city built in a distinctive style that combines traditional Islamic forms and layouts with local temple building methods.

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