St. Petersburg: Rus muz, 2012. Sewn cl. Saltykov was a member of an aristocratic family who traveled and recorded in accomplished drawings not a professional artist, but a chronicler of exotic peoples. He was in the Russian diplomatic corps and served in Constantinople, London, Teheran and other cities before resigning in 1840 he undertaking the expedition to the Indian Himalayas that brought him to remote areas which, though colonized by the British, had been little described or never pictured in works of visual art. A series of lithograph albums printed in Paris in the 1850s were based on Saltykov’s original drawings, now in the Russian Museum and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, which are published here together with the album “Habitants de l’Inde.” They show the peoples, landscape, and towns of such places as Simpla, Rampur, and Kinnaur. The artist's notes on his subjects enrich the captions; he comments, for example, on the fate of the dancers of the Brahmin or the daughter of the exiled Indian ruler or an impoverished warrior. Chapter titles: the artist and India; Prince Saltykov, first Russian traveler and artist in the Indian Himalayas; drawings and watercolors; lithographs based on the artist’s drawings; the album “inhabitants of India”; the artist’s letters from India. 201 pages, 31 cm x 31 cm, approximately 100 color illustrations, ENGLISH. Item #3206
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