The Creation of Man by Glyn Philpot, Oil on Canvas
Print on Art Paper
Print size: 44 x 34 cm / 17.5 x 13.5 inch
Glyn Philpot was recognised as a painter of mythological subjects. He studied at the Lambeth School of Art in 1900 and later in Paris in Academie Julian in 1905 and became the trustee of the Tate Gallery from 1927 till 1934. This painting was commissioned in 1930 for the State Library of Rashtrapati Bhavan, following the intention of Lutyens to have something resembling Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”.
Invention of the Printing Press by Vivian Forbes, Oil on Canvas
Print on Art Paper
Print size: 34 x 44 cm / 13.5 x 17.5 inch
Born in 1891 in London, Vivian Forbes was an English soldier and painter. His subjects of painting were portraits and Sculptors, historical subjects. He studied at Haileybury and later at Paris. He was elected to the International Society of Painters and Gravers in 1925. He died in 1937.
This painting represents William Caxton who was an English merchant, writer and printer, at his residence in Westminster Hall. Caxton introduced the printing press to England in 1476. Forbes has avoided portraying Caxton his likeness as there was no authentic portrait of him for reference. Draped in a thick chrome yellow robe, Caxton stands in a posture of ease with his left leg in folded fashion atop a wooden stool. With his face turned in profile, he is seen examining a print, held in his hands. A crude printing press acts as another protagonist in this composition. Caxton’s headgear is tied in an informal fashion showing his approach towards dressing
An infinite sky in subdued shades can be seen with a stretch of water in the foreground which reflects the skyline on its surface. Lush green trees form a layered background with architectural elements in white chromes. The central focus is the Government House in Barrackpur, represented as a large white bungalow with the river flowing in front.
Pillared bungalows are reflected in calm waters subtly drawing interest to the left side of the painting, A flag of the Empire stands tall towards the extreme left of the painting, being witness to the sailing boats in the foreground. The tranquil waters show several individuals in their Indian attire, engaged in varied activities atop small boats.
Barrackpore in west Bengal, is the oldest cantonment in India built in 1772. The Government House and the estate were built to provide the Viceroy with a suburban residence outside Calcutta. Barrackpur was also witness to several acts of rebellion against the British in the 19th century. This painting was presented to the Viceroy’s House, New Delhi by Lord and Lady Willingdon.
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