‘Adapting the Eye’ exhibition showcases rare works from little-known archives

Photos: Exhibition: 'Adapting the Eye'

Thomas Daniell's "Sir Charles Warre Malet, Concluding a Treaty in 1790 in Durbar with the Peshwa of the Maratha Empire," circa 1805. © Tate, London, 2011.
Tilly Kettle's "Dancing Girl," circa 1772.
James Forbes's "The Sultana or Hoopoe, at Bombay, On a Sprig of the Citron Tree," circa 1767.
Gangaram Chintaman Tambat's "A Rhinoceros in the Peshwa’s Menagerie at Poona," circa 1795.
"A Fool Named Gungaram," circa 1790.
"The Taj Mahal from the River," circa 1818.
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“Adapting the Eye: An Archive of the British in India, 1770-1830,” a new exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, provides a “unique window” into high art and popular culture in British India during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Featured in the exhibition are a diverse range of objects — including albums, scrapbooks, prints, paintings, and sculptures — by professional and amateur artists, patrons, and scholars.

The items on display, many of which are being displayed for the first time, are selected from the center’s holdings as well as from Tate Britain, the British Library, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

“Adapting the Eye: An Archive of the British in India, 1770-1830" will remain on view through Dec. 31. The Yale Center for British Art is located at 1080 Chapel St. Admission is free. For museum hours and directions, visit the Yale Center for British Art or call 203-432-2800.