Woldemar Friedrich : Six Months in India

Woldemar Friedrich (1846-1910) was a German painter and illustrator. He undertook trips early on as a picture reporter in the Franco-Prussian War. In 1887, Duke Ernst Guenther von Schleswig-Holstein invited Friedrich to accompany him on a six-month journey to India. The journey started in Bombay, and covered places like Benares, Madras, Hyderabad, and Gujarat. After a six-month trip to India in 1887/88, Friedrich recorded his impressions in numerous watercolors and paintings. His works illustrated the book, Sechs Monate in Indien, with text by E. von Leipziger (1893) published by the Leipzig publishing house Adalbert Fischers. It is now in the collection of the Royal Collection Trust.

Take a look at these paintings by Woldemar Friedrich recalling his time in India.

Street Scene, Hyderabad, Woldemar Friedrich 1890
Indian landscape in Rajasthan with Sadhu in his house , Woldemar Friedrich 1890
Temple, Bhuj; Woldemar Friedrich 1890
Candy Temple, Woldemar Friedrich

The painting is labelled as a temple in India. However, it is the Buddhist Temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka – which has also been painted by Friedrich. See the next image.

Buddhistischer Tempel Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, Sri Lanka, sogenannter “Zahntempel” (Temple of the Tooth Relic, or Sri Dalada Maligawa Kandy, Sri Lanka)

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