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Hodgson Collection Drawings


This collection of drawings mainly comprises a series of 50 views of Nepalese architecture drawn by Raj Man Singh Chitrakar (1797-1865) in 1844 at Kathmandu, and come from the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894). Many of the drawings show buildings that have since been altered, or destroyed in earthquakes.

A chaitya on the summit of Mount Nagarjun, near Kathmandu.

Inscribed: The Chaitya on the Summit of Mount Nagarjun on the West confine of the Valley of Nepal. No 39.Watermark…


A Hindu temple, Patan.

This image may have been a preliminary sketch for the finished drawing by Raj Man Singh: see 022.019.From the collection…


A Khas’ (Khus) house.

Inscribed: A Khas’ House. No 43.Watermark dates the paper to 1841.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pencil and wash…


A Khas’ (Khus) house.

Inscribed: A Khas’ House near Bhim. Dunga in the Valley of Nepal No 44.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson….


A Magar house.

Inscribed: A Magar House. No 45.Watermark dates the paper to 1841.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pencil drawing :…


A sketch of some Temples, probably at Kathmandu.

From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pen and ink sketch : paper size: 30 x 43.4 cm, mount size:…


A square, probably at Kathmandu.

From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pen and ink sketch : paper size: 31.3 x 42.7 cm, mount size:…


A street in Kathmandu

Inscribed: A street in Kathmandu. No 28.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pencil drawing : paper size: 30.3 x…


Bhim Sen’s country house in the European style at Gokarna, near Kathmandu

Inscribed: Bhim Sen’s Satal at Gokarna from the South. On the right bank of river Bagmati in the Valley of…


Chaityas at Svayambunath, Kathmandu

Inscribed: Various Chaityas on the Hill of Swayambhu Nath (Grouped ad libitum). No 3.Watermark dates the paper to 1841.From the…


Distant view of the city of Patan

Inscribed: Distant View of the City of Patan in Valley of Nepal Rice Fields in the foreground. No 1.From the…


Examples of chaityas to be found on Svayambunath with a drawing of a clay model found in a cave at Darjeeling.

Inscribed: Various Chaityas on Mount Swayambhu and one, the uppermost, taken from a clay model & votive offering procured in…


Panorama of Chobar ridge.

Inscribed: Ridge of Chobhar (Cho Vihar or the Convent on the hill) with the desicating(?) cleft therin through which the…


Temple and Chaitya at Patan.

Inscribed: Enclosure with temple & chaitya at Patan. No 19.Signed: Raj Man Singh.Verso: sketch of a Nepalese man.From the collection…


Temple of Avalokitesvara, Patan (now called Machchendra Nath).

Inscribed: Temple of Aryavalokiteswara in Tou Vihar at Patan in Nepal. (Date of erection unknown Raja Narendra Deva gave it…


Temple of Avalokitesvara, Patan (now called Machchendra Nath).

Inscribed: The Tougo Chiva or Maha Chaitya of Patan in the Valley of Nepal (a Mandala in front of Eastern…


Temple of Avalokitesvara, Patan.

From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pen and ink sketch : paper size: 27.6 x 46 cm, mount size:…


Temple of Balkumari (?), Kwachhen, Patan.

Inscribed: The Kwachhe Dewal of Patan, (Sacred to the Ashthmatrikas Gunas. Repaired by Jugicha Kaji 742 Newar era & again…


Temple of Basu Deva on the Vishnumati river, with a plan.

Inscribed: Templa of Basu Deva on the Banks of the Vishnumati with a Padmakar Chaitya afore it. No 2.From the…


Temple of Bhimsen, Patan.

Inscribed: Temple of Bhim Sen in the City of Patan and Valley of Nepal. No 12.Signed: Raj Man Singh.From the…


Temple of Indrayani on the Vishnumati river near Kathmandu.

Inscribed: Temple of Indrayani on the Banks of the Vishnumati near Kathmandu with a Vihar in the distance & still…


Temple of Krishna and Radha, Patan.

Inscribed: Second view of the temple of Krishna at Patan. No 26. Watermark dates the paper to 1821.See 022.027 for…


Temple of Krishna and Radha, Patan.

Inscribed: Temple of Krishna at Patan in the Valley of Nepal. No 27.Signed Raj Man Singh.See 022.026 for another view…


Temple of Krishna and Radhan, Patan.

Inscribed: Ko Vihar of Patan in Valley of Nepal. Temple built by Sri Niwas Raja’s son in law Newar era…


Temple of Krishna, Patan.

This image is a preliminary sketch for the finished drawing by Raj Man Singh: see 022.027From the collection of Brian…


Temple of Kumbesvara, Patan

Inscribed: Temple of Kumbheswara in Patan called in Newari Kwonti. No 24.See: J.P. Losty, ”The architectural monuments of Buddhism’: Hodgson…


Temple of Lakshmi at Dhalche, near Patan.

Inscribed: Temple of Maha Lakshmi at Thache near Patan in the Valley of Nepal (Built by Bir Nar Narayan 821…


Temple of Mahadeva at Gokarna, near Kathmandu.

Inscribed: Temple of Gokarna in the Valley of Nepal from the North East. No 37.From the collection of Brian Houghton…


Temple of Narayan at Narayanhitti, Kathmandu.

Inscribed: Temple of Narayan at Narayanhitti near Kathmandu. No 29.Signed: Raj Man Singh.Watermark dates the paper to 1841.From the collection…


Temple of Vajra Jogini at Pulchok, south of Patan.

Inscribed: Temple of Vajra Jogini at Phulchok in the Valley of Nepal. No. 17.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson….


Temple on the river Vishnumati, Near Kathmandu.

Inscribed: Temple on the Banks of the Vishnumati near Kathmandu. No 25.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pencil drawing…


Temples of Pashupatinath, near Kathmandu.

Inscribed: Temple of Pasu pati Nath on the Banks of the Bagmati in the Valley of Nepal, from the South….


The Asoka stupa, Langankhel, Patan

Inscribed: The Lagan thudo Chaitya at Patan with a temple of Bharaiva & Pati on same site. No. 23.Watermark dates…


The Asoka stupa, Teta, Patan.

Inscribed: The Teta thudo Chaitya of Patan (Built in Treta yuga says tradition that is, old out of record). No…


The Dattaraya temple, Bhatgaon.

Inscribed: Temple of Dattatri at Bhatgaon (a Lingakar Chaitya on the right). No 47.Signed: Raj Man Singh, Nepal.Watermark dates the…


The Dhansa Temple, Kathmandu.

Inscribed: The Bhu Bhandel or Dhansar of Kathmandu – Built by Partap Mall 778 of Nepal era = AD 1656….


The Durbar at Patan.

From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pen and ink : paper size: 32 x 42.5 cm, mount size: 55…


The Durbar, Kathmandu.

Inscribed: Kathmandu Durbar.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pen and ink sketch : paper size: 26.1 x 43.4 cm,…


The Golden Gate of the palace of Bhatgaon.

Inscribed: The Lung Dhoka or Golden Gate of the Darber of Bhatgaon. Built Sambat 1818 Newari era 845. The Nye…


The Golden Palace at Bhatgaon.

Inscribed: The Darbar of Bhatgaon (The Nhaiken jyal & Lungdhoka & Lam pati on the right & near sides). No…


The Kasthamandapa, Kathmandu

Inscribed: Kashthmandap or Gorakhnath’s temple in Kathmandu: Built in reign of Lakshmi Nar Sinh 715 Newar era. [In pencil:] 249…


The Mahadeva temple, Patan.

Inscribed: Temple of Maha Deva at Hatka in Patan. No 11.Watermark dates the paper to 1841.From the collection of Brian…


The Monastery of Kathisambhu, Kathmandu.

Inscribed: The Vihar of Kathya Swayambhu in the City of Kathmandu with its various Chaityas & Mandala. No 32.Signed: Raj…


The northern Asoka Chaitya, Patan.

Inscribed: The I’pi Thudo Vihar & Chaitya at Patan in the Valley of Nepal. Built in the 1000th year of…


The Nyatapola temple, Bhatgaon.

Inscribed: The Gniato Polo temple of Devi at Bhatgaon. No 48.From the collection of Brian Houghton Hodgson. Pencil drawing :…


The palace at Bhatgaon.

Inscribed: The Nhaikan jhyal or Mirror Latticed gate of the Palace of Bhatgaon in the Valley of Nepal. No 31….


The stupa at Bodhnath, near Kathmandu.

Inscribed: The great Chaitya of Khasa Chit in the Valley of Nepal. No 38. (The small edifices of the foreground…


The stupa of Svayambunath, Kathmandu.

Inscribed: The Great Chaitya of Swayambhu Nath in Nepal with part of the Vihar. No 5.Signed in devanagari characters: ‘Raj…


The western Asoka chaitya, Pulchok, Patan.

Inscribed: The Thudo Chaitya of Palchak in the Valley of Nepal (near Patan). No 6.From the collection of Brian Houghton…


Three temples with explanatory key.

Inscribed: Temples of Tou Deo or Maha Deva(1); of Kotilingeswara(2); and of Tri Vikrama Narayana at Patan in Nepal(3). (1)…


Two chaityas at Svayambunath.

Inscribed: Two Chaityas & a Mandala on the summit of Mount Swayambhu in the Valley of Nepal. No 34. From…


Uba Gathi Cha Temple, Patan.

Inscribed: The Rudra Varna or Woku Vihar of the City of Patan in the valley of Nepal. Sacred to Lokeshwara…


View of Chief Court of Justice, and palace, Bhatgaon.

Inscribed: The Lam Pati or Chief Court of Justice at Bhatgaon, with Durbar Street & Temples on the left. No…


View of Svayambunath

Inscribed: Hill and Chaitya of Swayambhu Nath in the Valley of Nepal. No 9.Signed: Raj Man Singh.Watermark dates the paper…


View of the palace at Patan.

Inscribed: Part of the Palace at Patain in the Valley of Nepal. No 20.Watermark dates the paper to 1841.From the…