RAM, Sita, attributed to (fl ca 1814-1822).FINE ALBUM OF BOTANICAL WATERCOLOURS 'Drawings by Seeturam Volume the Second'. [India: ca 1814-1821].
Folio (15 x 10 2/8 inches). Manuscript Title and two contents pages. 50 numbered watercolor drawings of Indian plants, each within black inked borders, and mounted on larger sheets of heavier stock, watermarked J. Whatman 1794. Contemporary half red morocco, marbled papered boards (worn). Provenance: with the near contemporary ownership inscription of Faradell opposite the title-page. An attractive series of Anglo-Indian flower drawings by Seeturam, probably Sita Ram, the landscape artist, who was hired to record the travels of Sir Francis Rawdon, the governor-general of Bengal (1814-1821). Sita Ram had trained in Murshidabad and was particularly skilled in depicting architecture, he is known to have prepared a total of ten albums for Rawdon, "characterized by a Europeanizing style and exhibits a mastery of European watercolor techniques, suggesting that Sita Ram had contact with distinguished artists such as George Chinnery and Charles D'Oyly " (Metropolitan Museum of Art). The list of Indian plant names in the list of contents has various contemporary penciled annotations noting their European versions. The early ownership signature of Faradell may well be the Yorkshire family of the same name. Catalogued by Kate Hunter