Mobile menu
Exhibition

Splendours of the Subcontinent: Four centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts

Illustration of an Indian woman holding a flower

The Royal Collection's group of South Asian paintings and manuscripts contains some of the most important and well-preserved examples in the world.  For the first time, highlights from this superb collection will be brought together in an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery exploring the long-standing relationship between the British Crown and South Asia.  From illuminated Mughal manuscripts and exquisite natural history paintings to modern masterpieces and vivid depictions of the Hindu pantheon of gods, the works of art on display will span a geographical expanse from Kashmir to Kerala and a period of more than 400 years.

Events programme

School sessions

Themed Week: A Tour of India's Splendours

Explore the dazzling objects on display in the Prince's Tour of India 1875-6 exhibition and examine the exotic materials and beautiful craftsmanship.

Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Creative Writing workshop

Explore the narratives portayed through original works of art and contemporary interpretations with a published author to inspire your pupils.

Creating Art: Singh Twins style

Work with a professional artist, discover how the amazing works of art were created and how similar styles have inspired contemporary artists The Singh Twins.

The exhibition:

South Asian paintings and manuscripts in the Royal Collection

The collection reflects the complex nature of Britain's relationship with India

The Mughals

The seventeenth century was a golden age for the Mughal dynasty

The Georgians and India

The British resident exerted considerable influence over India

From Company to Crown

Following the Indian Mutiny the East India Company’s territories were all transferred to the British Crown

Highlight objects:

Indian School, 19th century

Maharajah Ranjit Singh
Verses from the ‘Gita Govinda’

The paintings illustrate verses from the song cycle by Jayadeva

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.