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Eastern Encounters

Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent

Emily Hannam

 256 pages

A sumptuous volume

Ferdinand Mount, London Review of Books


Cover of the Eastern Encounters book

Eastern Encounters cover ©

Hardback, 280 x 220 mm, 200 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 909741 45 4

The Royal Library, Windsor Castle, is home to one of the most important collections of South Asian paintings and manuscripts in the world. This publication brings together highlights of these superb works, many of which have never before been publically displayed or published. From dazzling Mughal poetic texts to modern masterpieces, they span a geographical expanse from Kashmir to Kerala and for a period of more than 400 years.

This publication presents new scholarship exploring the history of how these works entered the Royal Collection, tracing the long-standing relationship between the British Crown and South Asia. Beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched, Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent provides a fascinating insight into this rich and hither-to underexplored aspect of the Royal Collection.

Emily Hannam is Assistant Curator of Islamic and South Asian Collections, Royal Collection Trust. She curated Splendours of the Subcontinent: Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, and featured on the BBC series Art, Passion and Power. She holds degrees in art history from the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, specialising in the art of the book in South Asia.

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