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GREENE, Captain Dominick Sarsfield (1826-1892)
[Original Mounted Watercolour Titled in ink on Mount:] The Caves of Elephanta / Bombay.
Ca. 1857. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on paper ca. 17x24,5 cm (7 x 9 ½ in.). A very good watercolour. Original attractive watercolour sketch from a series of sketches made by Captain Dominick Sarsfield Greene for his "Views in India, from drawings taken during the Seapoy Mutiny," Thos. Maclean: London, 1859. Provenance: Sir Alexander Moncrieff (1829-1906) and thence by descent. "The Elephanta Caves are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally "the city of caves") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves - the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain rock cut stone sculptures, representing the Shaiva Hindu sect, dedicated to the god Shiva" (Wikipedia).