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Robert J. Del Bonta Collection

Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Picart, Bernard, 1673-1733  Search this
Extent:
6 Linear feet (Prints, books and stereographs)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Stereographs
Place:
India
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Works from the encyclopedic collection of Dr. Robert J. Del Bontà. Comprised of prints and published volumes from a range of European and North American sources dating from the 16th through 20th centuries, primarily illustrating the visual reception of Indian visual culture through scholarly and popular press. By tracing how these images were interpreted and reproduced over time, the collection demonstrates how perceptions of Indian culture shifted through the centuries, from the Enlightenment to the colonial period and Christian missionary movement, and into modernity. Together these prints reveal structures of the European and American imagination as much as they encapsulate conceptions of India. Specific topics illustrated include religious ascetics and religios practices, as well as Mughal rulers. Also included are an extensive group of photographic stereocards of Indian subjects from a number of publishers, including a nearly complete set taken by James Ricalton between 1891 and 1900 and published by Underwood & Underwood.
Arrangement:
Arranged on one shelf
Biographical / Historical:
Polymath scholar, curator, collector, and jeweler, Dr. Robert J. Del Bontà began to collect prints related to India while completing his doctorate in South Asian art history at the University of Michigan in the 1970s. In his collecting practices, Del Bontà traces how Europeans and Americans constructed knowledge about India through prints. He focuses on the curious mixture that resulted when events witnessed "up close" in India were published "from afar," in Europe or America. A careful attention to prints made "up close" allows Del Bontà to see how Indian and European texts and visual resources influenced travelers' on-the-spot observations in India. By viewing prints created "from afar," he examines how printmakers and publishers fluent in European artistic conventions adapted travelers' in-person observations, always adding a dash of fantasy. He further tracks how compositions were copied and altered over long stretches of time, inspiring questions about publication practices as well as the accuracy of these images.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2014.06
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Genre/Form:
Prints
Stereographs
Identifier:
FSA.A2014.06
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Robert J. Del Bonta Collection
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2014-06
Online Media:

Tunic

Object Name:
jibbeh
Maker:
Undetermined artist  Search this
Medium:
Cotton, silk, wool, cotton batting, dye
Dimensions:
H x W: 118.2 x 129.5 cm (46 9/16 x 51 in.)
Type:
Costume and Textile
Geography:
Mahdiyya State, Sudan
Date:
Late 19th century
Topic:
Warfare  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
96-28-2.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7dcb0b127-eaea-4aa0-a7db-7e387609ac72
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_96-28-2.1

Chain mail

Maker:
Undetermined artist  Search this
Medium:
Iron
Dimensions:
H x W: 102 x 105 cm (40 3/16 x 41 5/16 in.)
Type:
Costume and Textile
Geography:
Mahdiyya State, Sudan
Date:
Late 19th century
Topic:
Warfare  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
96-28-2.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7e6fbdc41-84eb-46e5-a301-f616b0c76c58
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_96-28-2.2

Mahdi flag

Medium:
Cotton, silk
Dimensions:
H x W: 132.7 x 149.2 cm (52 1/4 x 58 3/4 in.)
Type:
Costume and Textile
Geography:
Mahdiyya State, Sudan
Date:
1882-1885
Topic:
Warfare  Search this
Writing  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
91-20-1
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7314daac2-4912-4415-b828-9e383e595611
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_91-20-1

Tunic

Object Name:
jibbeh
Maker:
Undetermined artist  Search this
Medium:
Cotton, wool
Dimensions:
H x W: 103.4 x 130 cm (40 11/16 x 51 3/16 in.)
Type:
Costume and Textile
Geography:
Mahdiyya State, Sudan
Date:
1882-1898
Topic:
Warfare  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
Male use  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
92-13-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys771697698-b272-4308-aec8-588d3a5a54e4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_92-13-1

Tunic

Object Name:
jibbeh
Maker:
Undetermined artist  Search this
Medium:
Cotton, wool
Dimensions:
H x W: 78.2 x 88.5 cm (30 13/16 x 34 13/16 in.)
Type:
Costume and Textile
Geography:
Mahdiyya State, Sudan
Date:
1882-1898
Topic:
Warfare  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Male use  Search this
Male use  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
92-5-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7a9890874-82e5-46f8-b475-5c503ad9d804
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_92-5-1

Sale- Zawiya An-Nussak- "Hospice of the Ascetics"- Merinid Portal.

Collection Creator:
Parker, Richard Bordeaux, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
The archives is open by appointment only, Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Archives is closed on all federal holidays.
Collection Citation:
Amb. Richard B. Parker Photographs, 1965-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C. Gift of Ambassador Richard B. Parker, 2002
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Richard B. Parker Photographs
Richard B. Parker Photographs / Series 4: Morocco / 4.4: Rabat Salé / 4.4.1: Rabat Salé, Prints
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a2002-06-ref318

Zawiya[?] An-Nussak ("Hospice of the Ascetics)- Merinid Sale.

Collection Creator:
Parker, Richard Bordeaux, 1923-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
The archives is open by appointment only, Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Archives is closed on all federal holidays.
Collection Citation:
Amb. Richard B. Parker Photographs, 1965-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C. Gift of Ambassador Richard B. Parker, 2002
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Richard B. Parker Photographs
Richard B. Parker Photographs / Series 4: Morocco / 4.4: Rabat Salé / 4.4.1: Rabat Salé, Prints
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a2002-06-ref319

The People of India, Volume Three

Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Collection Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Extent:
1 Volume
Culture:
Hindus  Search this
Rajput (Indic people)  Search this
Muslims  Search this
Buddhists  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Volumes
Local Numbers:
FSA A1990.03 3
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Topic:
Indigenous peoples -- South Asia  Search this
Ethnography -- South Asia  Search this
Collection Citation:
The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
Identifier:
FSA.A1990.03, Series FSA A1990.03 3
See more items in:
The People of India A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1990-03-ref3
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The People of India, Volume Four

Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Collection Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Extent:
1 Volume
Culture:
Hindus  Search this
Rajput (Indic people)  Search this
Muslims  Search this
Sikhs  Search this
Buddhists  Search this
Jains  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Volumes
Local Numbers:
FSA A1990.03 4
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Topic:
Indigenous peoples -- South Asia  Search this
Ethnography -- South Asia  Search this
Collection Citation:
The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
Identifier:
FSA.A1990.03, Series FSA A1990.03 4
See more items in:
The People of India A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1990-03-ref4
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The People of India, Volume Seven

Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Collection Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Extent:
1 Volume
Culture:
Rajput (Indic people)  Search this
Hindus  Search this
Muslims  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Volumes
Local Numbers:
FSA A1990.03 7
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Topic:
Indigenous peoples -- South Asia  Search this
Ethnography -- South Asia  Search this
Collection Citation:
The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
Identifier:
FSA.A1990.03, Series FSA A1990.03 7
See more items in:
The People of India A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1990-03-ref7
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The People of India, Volume Eight

Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Collection Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes), 1827-1892.  Search this
Kaye, John William, Sir, 1814-1876  Search this
Extent:
1 Volume
Culture:
Hindus  Search this
Muslims  Search this
Christians  Search this
Malay  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Volumes
Local Numbers:
FSA A1990.03 8
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Topic:
Indigenous peoples -- South Asia  Search this
Ethnography -- South Asia  Search this
Collection Citation:
The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
Identifier:
FSA.A1990.03, Series FSA A1990.03 8
See more items in:
The People of India A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1990-03-ref8
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Robert J. Del Bonta Collection

Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Subject:
Picart, Bernard 1673-1733  Search this
Physical description:
6 linear feet Prints, books and stereographs
Type:
Prints
Collection descriptions
Stereographs
Place:
India
Local number:
FSA A2014.06
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371142

An Ascetic, from Cave 224

Artist:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
plaster with pigment
Dimensions:
8 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. (22.4 x 21.0 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
4th-6th century
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Occupation\religion  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly
Object number:
1929.8.325.12
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk776b5a3fa-22d5-49e1-a995-0db48522385e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1929.8.325.12

Set Design: Net Drop for "A View from the Bridge, " for 1998 production, Neil Simon Theater, New York City

Designer:
David Gallo, American, b. 1966  Search this
Medium:
Collaged photocopies, black adhesive and cellophane tape, ascetate overlay, white marking pen, graphite on foam core board
Type:
theater
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Date:
1998
Credit Line:
Gift of David Gallo
Accession Number:
2000-60-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© David Gallo
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq485cfe3c2-0349-42b4-8442-e8a8217674e3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2000-60-1

Ascetic and Courtier

Medium:
Pen and ink on paper
Type:
figures
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
Italy
Date:
1500–1550
Credit Line:
Museum purchase through gift of various donors
Accession Number:
1901-39-110
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq47b55b2ea-f1b0-43c8-8866-870cfe245b14
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1901-39-110

Folio from an album; recto: Scene from the Story of Gur and Gobind; verso: calligraphy

Medium:
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (overall): 34.8 x 23 cm (13 11/16 x 9 1/16 in)
Type:
Painting
Album
Origin:
India
Date:
ca. 1760
Topic:
worship  Search this
death  Search this
woman  Search this
ascetic  Search this
prayer beads  Search this
India  Search this
Bahram Gur  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1986.457
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Google Cultural Institute
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye30ddf6b91-be97-4fb6-97b0-84aaef1926c9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S1986.457
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Shiva and Parvati

Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 34 x 25.4 cm (13 3/8 x 10 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
Possibly Kangra, Himachal Pradesh state, Punjab Hills, India
Date:
ca. 1830
Topic:
Hinduism  Search this
Parvati  Search this
Shiva  Search this
snake  Search this
moon  Search this
woman  Search this
man  Search this
marriage  Search this
ascetic  Search this
India  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Henri Vever collection  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1986.468
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye36f489b2b-c519-468e-9a9c-dac7f617257e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S1986.468

Sarang Raga from the Sirohi Ragamala

Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (overall): 23.2 x 17.8 cm (9 1/8 x 7 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
Sirohi, Rajasthan state, India
Date:
ca. 1680-1690
Topic:
deer  Search this
music  Search this
ascetic  Search this
ragamala  Search this
India  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1992.18
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3341453e0-2c3b-4eec-a18d-e7a3ac4d672a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1992.18

Ascetic

Medium:
Brush drawing on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (overall): 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in)
Type:
Drawing
Origin:
Basohli or Mankot, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab Hills, India
Date:
ca. 1750
Topic:
India  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F2006.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye36dde93d5-17c9-44d5-8016-d2e711edc8fd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F2006.5

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