1887-1890. Collection of twenty-one original drawings including ten large pencil drawings ca. 26 x 32.5 cm (10 ¼ x 12 ¾ in.), six smaller pencil drawings between ca. 12.5 x 20.5 cm (4 ¾ x 8 in.) and ca. 24.5 x 17 cm (9 ½ x 6 ¾ in.), several heightened in white, and five pencil, ink and/or watercolour sketches each ca. 24 x 26.5 cm (9 ½ x 10 ¼ in.) and smaller. All are mounted on 14 stiff card leaves each ca. 34.5 x 42.5 (13 ½ x 16 ¾ in.)., all dated and captioned in French in period manuscript ink, one drawing is outlined with a gold frame. Housed in a custom made oblong folio green cloth box ca. 44 x 35.5 cm with a green gilt tooled morocco label titled « Ile de Ceylan / Voyages de M.A. Tissandier / En 1887 et en 1890 / Dessins d’Après Nature, » with the original paper manuscript title page included. Drawings and mounts in very good condition.
This historically important collection includes views of Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) and India, drawn by Albert Tissandier, a talented architect and artist who travelled around the world and drew illustrations for a French scientific journal called “La Nature.” The drawings show sights during his voyage to Sri Lanka and India in 1887 and 1890, including Buddhist temples, a vatadage (a Buddhist structure unique to Sri Lanka), sculptures, ruins, scenes of local people and landscape views. The majority of the images depict Sri Lanka, including Matale, Maskeliya, Dambulla, Kalutura, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kalami and Sigiriya. However, three images show India, including an animal hospice in Mumbai, women walking to the water source in Ajmer and the Bhaja temple. Three of the drawings in this collection were featured in Tissandier’s book « Voyage autour du monde: Inde et Ceylan, Chine et Japon, 1887-1890-1891 » published in 1892, including the Bhaja Temple, the animal hospice and the very tall Buddha made of granite in Vikara Aukana near lake Kalewewa. Also included are several plans of ruins and sketches of sculptures with notes indicating the measurements as well as detailed and explanatory captions. Overall, a collection of interesting and artistically gifted drawings showing sights in Sri Lanka and India during the late 19th century.
Temples boudhists à Matelé; Degrés de granit pour monter au tombeau de Mahindo ; Pierre sculptée représentant un petit palais Cynghalais ; Passage d’un Torrent sur le dos de mon guide Cynghalais près de Maskeliya ; temple de Bhaja et son monastère (Vihara) ; Intérieur de Maha Dewa Dewal, Dumballa village ; Maison de pêcheur au bord de la mer à Kolatura ; Les cocotiers et la mer à Kalatura ; Ruines d’un ancien aqueduc Cynghalais à Mnimithale ; Lac de Pollonarua ; Plan des ruines d’un pavillon d’été à Anuradhapura ; Hospice des animaux à Bombay ; Ornement en pierre sculptée ; Ruines du Wata Dagé à Pollonarua ; Ajmère – les femmes allant chercher le matin leurs provisions d’eau aux sources de la montagne ; Le lac à Colombo ; Grand Buddha de granit situé près du Vikara Aukana Kalewewa ; Grand rocher de la forteresse Cynghalaise de Sigiri ; Grand temple de Kalami.
Albert Tissandier (1839 – 1906) was a French architect, aviator, illustrator, editor and archaeologist. He was the brother of adventurer Gaston Tissandier with whom he collaborated in writing the magazine La Nature, a French language scientific journal aimed at the popularization of science. He was heavily involved in it from the very first issue in 1873 until his retirement in 1905, less than a year before his death. In 1881, the brothers Tissandier demonstrated the world's first electric powered flight at an electricity exposition by attaching an electric motor to a dirigible. They then developed the Tissandier air ship, the first electric powered dirigible (for which Albert drew the blueprints), which departed from Auteuil, Paris, on October 8th, 1883 (This Day in Aviation).
Price: $7,500.00 USD