Step inside the pages of Sir John Soane's exquisite Indian album of paintings and calligraphies (Vol 145) and discover the world of the Late Mughal court in Delhi and the Mughal Successor states of Lucknow and Bengal. Many of the paintings were at one time in the collection of the renowned Sir Elijah Impey, the Chief Justice in Calcutta for the East India Company, before being brought to London and bound in a leather album in 1810. Soane acquired the album some twenty years later, and apart from one other Indian album he owned, it is an anomaly in his collection. Now this unknown treasure is being exhibited for the first time to the public in the Hidden Masterpieces exhibition. Dr Ursula Weekes will take you through the pages of the album, exploring its aesthetic and historical significance.
Dr Ursula Weekes is a specialist of Mughal painting who is undertaking the cataloguing of Soane's Indian albums. She is an independent art historian based in London. Educated at St John's College Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute of Art, her first job was as Supervisor of the Print Room at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. She held a Postdoctoral Commonwealth Fellowship in New Delhi, where she lived for six years, and during that time she also taught as Visiting Faculty at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Since moving back to London, she has been for seven years Associate Lecturer in Mughal Painting at the Courtauld Institute of Art, as well as teaching for the V&A Academy, the London Art History Society, and Guildford High School and leading tours to India for Andante Travel. She is currently writing a book on Mughal Court Painting in India for Reaktion Books Ltd. You can find her on Instagram @ursulaweekes
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