Lot 101
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Horace van Ruith

7,000 - 9,000 USD
22,500 USD
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  • Horace van Ruith
  • A Kattiwar Sentry 
  • Signed and inscribed 'HORACE VAN RUITH Bombay' lower left and further signed, titled and inscribed 'A Kattiwar Sentry by Horace van Ruith / Bombay' on reverse 
  • Oil on canvas 


Phillips London, 16 June 1998, lot 53
Borghi Fine Art, New Jersey
Private collection, New York
Acquired from the above 

Catalogue Note

Horace van Ruith specialized in landscapes, genre scenes and portraiture in both oil and watercolor. Although he was born in Capri, he subsequently settled in England, after spending several years working in Italy. He visited Bombay during the early 1880s and established a studio there, where this work was made. His paintings on India mostly portrayed the local people and captured their daily lives, from leisure activities to various trades. In 1886, he returned to London and partook in the Colonial and Indian Exhibition opened by Queen Victoria where he displayed a number of paintings with similar subjects. Her son, the Duke of Connaught, wrote of van Ruith in a letter to the Queen, stating that ‘no man understands the peculiar characteristics of Indian life better than he does and he is a very clever artist.’ (P. Rohatgi, P. Godrej and R. Mehrotra, Bombay to Mumbai: Changing Perspectives, Marg Publications, Mumbai, 1997, p. 153)