An India that isn’t coming back. Plates from James Fergusson’s 1848 work “Picturesque Illustrations of Ancient Architecture in Hindostan”. Published by J. Hogarth in London with lithographs by T. C. Dibden.

Great Temple at Bobaneswar (Bhubaneswar). 1848. British. Plate I, page 34. Drawn and lithographed by T. C. (Thomas Colman) Dibden after a sketch by J. Fergusson. M. and N. Hanhart, printers. Collections of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Observer Research Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.100565/page/n34/mode/1up
Temple of Kanarug of Black Pagoda. Page 42. 1848. British. Drawn and lithographed by T. C. (Thomas Colman) Dibden after a sketch by J. Fergusson. M. and N. Hanhart, printers. Collections of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Observer Research Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.100565/page/n42/mode/1up
Temple of Kapila Devi at Bobaneswar (Bhubaneswar). Page 46. 1848. British. Drawn and lithographed by T. C. (Thomas Colman) Dibden after a sketch by J. Fergusson. M. and N. Hanhart, printers. Collections of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Observer Research Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.100565/page/n46/mode/1up

Portraits of Russia by Soviet painter Georgy Grigorievich Nissky (1903-1987). One with a train and a few people. Another with two airplanes. A founder of the Severe style, Nissky won a third degree Stalin Prize in 1951.

“Railway Signal Box.” 1946. Soviet. Oil on board. Signed in Cyrillic and dated “Nisskii 46” on the lower right. Further signed in Cyrillic, inscribed in Russian with title and dated “Nisskii 46” on the reverse. © Estate of the artist. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-6348541?ldp_breadcrumb=back&intObjectID=6348541&from=salessummary&lid=1

“Airfield.” Undated, by 1987. Soviet. Oil on canvas. Signed in Cyrillic on the lower left. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/russian-pictures/georgy-grigorievich-nissky-airfield
En Route. 1958-1964. Soviet. Oil on canvas. Image © Estate of the artist and the Institute of Russian Realist Art. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/en-route-georgy-g-nissky-1903-1987/rQHzUbh_rP0vLQ
“An airport”. 1961. Soviet. Image © Estate of the artist and The Art Newspaper Russia. Photo credit: Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.theartnewspaper.ru/posts/6017/

Landscapes by English landscape painter Benjamin Williams Leader. Living from 1831 to 1923, he studied art at the Royal Academy Schools in London and exhibited at the  National Institution of Fine Arts. English and Scottish subjects.

A Bright Night, Goring on Thames.1873. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated 1873 on the lower right. Image. © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD.  Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/8021/drewea1-10269/lot-details/3b2c53aa-3acb-4ed4-8796-addd01324e65


A Golden Eve. 1785. English. Image source Stephencdickson. Cc0 License 3..Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_Golden_Eve_by_Benjamin_Leader_1875.JPG
A Lock on the Thames, Streatley.(originally titled Cleve Lock; Evening). 1898. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated: B. W. LEADER, 1898 on the lower left. Further signed and titled on the stretcher. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/victorian-edwardian-art-l11132/lot.45.html
The Thames at Streatley. 1903. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and dared 1903. Image © 2000 – 2021 Rehs Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://rehs.com/Benjamin_Williams_Leader_The_Thames_at_Streatly.html
The Head of Loch Lomond. 1859 and 1890. English. Collections of and © Dudley Museums Service. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-head-of-loch-lomond-52247/search/makers:benjamin-williams-leader-18311923/page/2

Decorative plants. More selections from, Band 1, “Japanische Pflanzen-Ornamente”. A portfolio of prints that came out in 1890, probably somewhere in Germany though it doesn’t say. Collections of the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau.

Page 25. Band 1, Japanische Pflanzen-Ornamente. Collections of the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://sachsen.digital/werkansicht/10245/25/0?cHash=5a52544c9f043d7ae358a1e8a6e0d9aa
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Lapis lazuli smoking accessories. Art Deco. One cigarette box with a matching lipstick.

Gold mounted lapis lazuli cigarette case of upright form with rounded corners, the double threefold clasp centered with a ruby cabochon. ca. 1925. Art Deco. Continental. Apparently unmarked. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/a-gentlemans-cabinet-of-curiosities-the-collection-of-the-late-naim-attallah-cbe/an-art-deco-style-carved-lapis-lazuli-cigarette
Gem-set cigarette case with a rectangular outline. Carved lapis lazuli centering on a central triangular-shaped panel formed by fluted frosted rock crystal, accented by lozenge-shaped and calibré-cut diamonds and a cabochon jadeite, the center of intricately carved lapis lazuli flowers with diamond collet pistils. The corners further accented by two sugarloaf jadeite details. Single-cut diamond pushpiece opening to reveal a compartment. Mounted in white gold. ca. 1928. French. Van Cleef and Arpels, maker. Maker’s marks: Signed Van Cleef and Arpels, Paris, no. 31057; maker’s mark for Lacloche Frères; French assay mark. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-3888165
Matching cigarette case and lipstick baton. Gold inlaid turquoise, lapis lazuli, diamonds and cut sapphires. ca. 1929. Lent by a private collection for an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. ID#13.2016.49. Image Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/420577147/
Cigarette holder. Tortoiseshell trumpet with a gem-set collar, lapis lazuli tip and gold detail, to an ivory stem and tortoiseshell bowl. ca. 1930. French, made in Paris by Cartier. Maker’s marks: French assay mark. Signed Cartier, Paris, maker’s mark, Number 01544.”. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-an-ivory-tortoiseshell-gold-and-lapis-lazuli-5429620/?

A vision of a China that isn’t coming back. Photographs from the 1870s to the 1890s from a photograph album kept by a William Graham who grew up in Britain and emigrated to China in 1881 as a young man, he worked in  Foochow for a British firm that exported tea from 1895 to 1903. From a current Sotheby’s auction catalogue.

“The Island Joss House; head (?) of Nantai Island.” 1870-1890s photograph. Photographer not given. Taken from a photograph album with images of Foochow (Fuzhou), China and vicinity that was kept by William Graham who worked for a British tea exporter located in Foochow. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history-2/china-tung-hing-photographic-views-of-foochow-and
“View of Foochow (Fuzhou)”. 1870-1890s photograph. Photographer not given. Taken from a photograph album with images of Foochow (Fuzhou), China and vicinity that was kept by William Graham who worked for a British tea exporter located in Foochow. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history-2/china-tung-hing-photographic-views-of-foochow-and

Decorate your villa up like they did in Pompeii. Plates from Wilhelm Zahn and Otto Jahn’s 1828 work “Die schönsten Ornamente und merkwürdigsten Gemälde aus Pompeji, Herculanum und Stabiae” which was published in Berlin. Otto Jahn having been an archeologist.

Page 57. Printed by C. Hildebrant. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/schoYnstenOrnam00Zahn/page/n58/mode/1up?view=theater
“Aus Pompeji.” Page 65. Printed by C. Hildebrant. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/schoYnstenOrnam00Zahn/page/65/mode/1up?view=theater
Page 67. Printed by C. Hildebrant. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/schoYnstenOrnam00Zahn/page/67/mode/1up?view=theater
“Wand aus der casa delle Danzatrici zu Pompeji.” Page 69. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/schoYnstenOrnam00Zahn/page/69/mode/1up?view=theater

Dutch ladies all dressed up and staying home. Gabriël Metsu, artist. Living from 1629 to 1667 he painted genre works, portraits, still lifes and history pictures.

“A Young Woman Composing Music and a Curious Man.” ca. 1662-1663. Dutch. Oil on panel. Collections of the The Mauritshuis, the Hague. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gabriel_Metsu_-_A_Young_Woman_Composing_Music_and_a_Curious_Man.JPG
“Breakfast.” 1660. Dutch. Oil on panel. Collections of the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gabri%C3%ABl_Metsu_-Breakfast-_WGA15075.jpg
“Bildnis des Jan Jacobsz Hinlopen und seiner Familie.” ca. 1662. Dutch. Color on canvas. Collections of the  Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Metsu_hinlopen-familie.jpg

People out and about and doing interesting things, all of them looking to be great fun. Eduard Gurk, Austrian artist. Living from 1801 to 1841, he worked for the Hapsburg court.

“Der große Dom in der Adelsberger Grotte.” ca. 1834. Austrian. Watercolor. Collections of the Albertina Museum, Vienna. Reproduced from an art book. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eduard_Gurk_-Der_gro%C3%9Fe_Dom_in_der_Adelsberger_Grotte-_ca1834.jpeg
“An Outdoor Theatrical Presentation for the Vienna Rothschild Family.” 19th c. before 1841. Austrian. Watercolor and gouache on cream wove paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/EDOUARD-GURK–Vienna-1801-1841-Jerusalem–An-Outdoor-Theatri?saleno=2586&lotNo=684&refNo=779051

“Her Imperial Majesties’ crossing from Varenna to Villa Melzi. Part of Emperor Ferdinand I’s coronation trips to Prague and via Tyrol to Milan.”1836. Austrian. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eduard_Gurk_004.jpg
“Mailand, Porta Orientale – Darbringung der Stadtschlüssel an I.I.M.M. durch den Podestà von Mailand an der Porta Orientale“. 1838. Austrian. Watercolor. In a private collection in Italy. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eduard_Gurk_-_Mailand,_Porta_Orientale.jpeg
“Die Schatzkammer in Mariazell im Jahre 1835.” 1835. Austrian. Watercolor on paper. Image source: dorotheum.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eduard_Gurk_Schatzkammer_in_Mariazell_1835.jpg

Group of four decorative designs for initial letters. Flemish. Lieven Cruyl, artist (1634-1709). From a current auction catalogue from Swann Galleries. Cruyl was a priest but also did etchings.

“A.” 16th-17th. c. Flemish. Pen and brown ink and wash with gilt lettering. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/LIEVEN-CRUYL–Ghent-1634-1709-Ghent–Group-of-4-decorative-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=631&refNo=785355
“P.” 16th-17th. c. Flemish. Pen and brown ink and wash with gilt lettering. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/LIEVEN-CRUYL–Ghent-1634-1709-Ghent–Group-of-4-decorative-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=631&refNo=785355
“A.” 16th-17th. c. Flemish. Pen and brown ink and wash with gilt lettering. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/LIEVEN-CRUYL–Ghent-1634-1709-Ghent–Group-of-4-decorative-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=631&refNo=785355
“A.” 16th-17th. c. Flemish. Pen and brown ink and wash with gilt lettering. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/LIEVEN-CRUYL–Ghent-1634-1709-Ghent–Group-of-4-decorative-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=631&refNo=785355