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GOPAL GHOSE | Leonard Elmhirst

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  • Gopal Ghose
  • Leonard Elmhirst
  • Signed in Bengali, inscribed and dated 'Bombay 23/10/51 lower left. Further signed  'Leonard Elmhirst' lower right by Elmhirst himself
  • Ink and pencil on paper
  • 10 ¼ x 6 ⅞ in. (26 x 17.4 cm.)
  • Executed on 23 October 1951


Acquired from Deepa Bose (Gopal Ghose’s daughter) around 1985


Toronto, University of Toronto, Life & Times of Rabindranath Tagore, 11 - 22 November 2005


J. O'Connell, P. Basu, N. Chaki, Tagore's Heritage, Rabindranath Tagore's Leadership Foundation, Toronto, 1989, illustration p. 8 

Catalogue Note

This is a sketch of Leonard Elmhirst by Gopal Ghose done in 1955 at Bombay Airport. An agriculturist from Cornell University, Leonard Elmhirst (1893–1974) was greatly influenced by Rabindranath Tagore. He joined Tagore's institution in 1922 and became one of the main architects in building the Institute of Rural Reconstruction near Santiniketan. He also built Dartington Hall in Devon, UK which was based on Tagore’s ideology of art and education. This sketch bears the signatures of both Elmhirst and Gopal Ghose.