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Volume 59 Number 1, September 2007

James Tod’s Rajasthan


Edited by:  Giles Tillotson

Price:   Rs 2500 (INR) / $66 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   136 pages, 106 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-81-85026-80-0  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    Lieutenant Colonel James Tod served as the East India Company’s political agent to the Western Rajputana states in the early 19th century, and while working there he undertook extensive research on Rajput history and polity, and amassed large collections of manuscripts and paintings. While the importance and aesthetic delight of Tod’s collections are beyond doubt, the accuracy and political objectives of his history have always been controversial matters. This book explores not only his collections but his work as an author, and the reception of his ideas by other scholars and writers as well. The chapters are all written by experts on Tod or on Rajasthani art and history; and each of them explores one aspect of his collections, or their broader context in Tod’s life and times.


    Giles Tillotson was formerly Reader in History of Art at SOAS (University of London) and has also been Director of the Royal Asiatic Society. He edited the earlier Marg volume, Stones in the Sand: The Architecture of Rajasthan (2001) and is the author of many other studies of Rajput architecture and history, of which the most recent is Jaipur Nama: Tales from the Pink City (2006). He is now based in Delhi. 

    Introduction: James Tod and the History of Rajasthan
    Giles Tillotson

    Tod’s Collection of Rajasthani Paintings
    Andrew Topsfield

    Reading and Riding: Horses in Image and Text
    Vibhuti Sachdev

    Tod as an Observer of Landscape in Rajasthan
    Florence D’Souza

    Illustrating the Annals: The Architectural Views of Waugh and Ghasi
    Giles Tillotson

    The Tod Collection of Indian Manuscripts at the Royal Asiatic Society
    Rima Hooja

    The Coin Collection in the Royal Asiatic Society
    M. Nasim Khan

    Tod’s Annals as Archive and History
    Jason Freitag

    Recovering the Heroic History of Rajasthan: Tod and the Prithviraj Raso
    Cynthia Talbot

    Tod and Traders
    Lawrence A. Babb

    Tod vs Mill: Clashing Perspectives on British Rule in India and Indian Civilization
    Lloyd I. Rudolph

    Index