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Painting - Interior of the Golden Temple, Amritsar
  • Interior of the Golden Temple, Amritsar
    William Carpenter
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Interior of the Golden Temple, Amritsar

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    Probably Feb 1854 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William Carpenter (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.47-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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William Carpenter was trained at the Royal Academy Schools. He was in India from 1850 t0 1856, during which time he travelled extensively from Bombay (Mumbai) and across western India to Rajasthan, Delhi, Kashmir, Lahore and Afghanistan. His depiction of every day street scenes and groups of people is remarkably accurate and animated, his portraits vividly capturing the character of his sitters and the glowing effects of sunlight as cityscapes and architectural monuments. Brilliantly executed in a range of warm colours, his watercolours evoke a gentle romanticism.

After his return to England, The Illustrated London News published some of his watercolours. In 1881, he exhibited 275 of his paintings in a one-man show in the South Kensington Museum, London. This entire collection was subsequently acquired by the V&A.

This image shows the richly decorated interior of the Golden Temple. Worshippers are gathered around the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs which, rests on a red cushion. Through his use of colour, light and shade, Carpenter manages to evoke a sense of the spiritual nature of the ceremony.

Physical description

This view shows the richly decorated interior of the Golden Temple. Worshippers are gathered around the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs which rests on a red cushion under a canopy.

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

Probably Feb 1854 (made)

Artist/maker

William Carpenter (artist)

Materials and Techniques

watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 25.8 cm, Width: 35 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: William Carpenter (1818-99)

William Carpenter was trained at the Royal Academy Schools, and was the eldest son of the distinguished portrait painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter and William Hookham Carpenter, who became Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum.

He was in India from 1850 t0 1856, during which time he travelled extensively from Bombay (Mumbai) and across western India to Rajasthan, Delhi, Kashmir, Lahore and Afghanistan. His depiction of every day street scenes and groups of people is remarkably accurate and animated, his portraits vividly capturing the character of his sitters and the glowing effects of sunlight as cityscapes and architectural monuments. Brilliantly executed in a range of warm colours, his watercolours evoke a gentle romanticism.

After his return to England, The Illustrated London News published some of his watercolours. In 1881, he exhibited 275 of his paintings in a one-man show in the South Kensington Museum, London. This entire collection was subsequently acquired by the V&A.

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Interior of the Golden Temple, Amritsar by William Carpenter, paintings, watercolour on paper, India, 1854.

Exhibition History

Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists. Paintings and Drawings from the V&A 1790-1927. (Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad 01/01/2002-28/03/2010)
Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists. Paintings and Drawings from the V&A 1790-1927. (Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkota 22/12/2009-31/01/2010)
Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists. Paintings and Drawings from the V&A 1790-1927. (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi 06/12/2009-31/12/2010)
Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists. Paintings and Drawings from the V&A 1790-1927. (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai 08/12/2008-22/02/2009)

Labels and date

This view shows the richly decorated interior of the Golden Temple. Worshippers are gathered around the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs which, rests on a red cushion. Through his use of colour, light and shade, Carpenter manages to evoke a sense of the spiritual nature of the ceremony. [1/12/2008]

Subjects depicted

The Golden Temple

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

SSEA

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