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Pictorial Maps in Cabinet Room, Percy Brown, Oil Painting

Pictorial Maps in Cabinet Room, Percy Brown, Oil Painting
Pictorial Maps in Cabinet Room, Percy Brown, Oil Painting

Location: Cabinet Room

The Cabinet Room was the venue of many historical meetings in the run up to India’s independence. The high walls of the Cabinet room swing in motion with air and marine routes linking India with rest of the world. These were illustrated under the leadership of Percy Brown, an accomplished British art and architectural historian. Brown conceived the idea of these pictorial maps modelled on 16-17th century art of cartography. Under the supervision of Late Munshi Ghulam Hussain who served as the Vice Principal of Government School of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow, many Indian artists worked on these paintings including K. N. Banerji, S. Inayat Muhammed, B.B. Benegal, M. Fuzal-ud-din, B.C. Panappa, Muhammed Ismail Khan and P.S. Choudhuri.

The east wall represents a map showing southern part of India and Burma. The geographical domains of western India are seen on the left side of the south wall while eastern India is represented on the right side of the south wall. The west wall showcases a map, showing northern and central Asia. The India - England air route is shown on the North Wall on the two sides of the arched doorway. The maps represent visuals of geographical boundaries interspersed with human forms, animals, and architectural elements.

The research and compilation of the E- Catalogue has been realised by Shri VenuRajamony- Press Secretary to the President of India and Ruchi Kumar- Research Associate.

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