Photos and text: Jutta Jain-Neubauer

Travels of the Prince Waldemar of Prussia to India 1844–46—an  exhibition of selected lithographs offers the opportunity to relive the unique trip of Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1817-1849)—through India! His strong desire to explore the unknown world and to understand other cultures caused Prince Waldemar to start the greatest adventure of his life.

At the age of 27 he started his expedition to India and reached Calcutta in January 1845. The destinations of his field studies included Patna, Kathmandu, Benaras, Delhi, Nainital, as well as the regions of the Himalayas up to Tibet and finally Lahore, Jaipur, Gwalior, Indore, and Bombay. Prince Waldemar was also drawn into the battles of the Anglo-Sikh war of 1844-45. The outcome of this journey to India comprised valuable first-hand observations and innumerable sketches, drawings and water colours. After his early death in 1849, this visual material was published and highly admired, also by Alexander von Humboldt. With these lithographs, beautifully reproduced by the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, we are able to see “Old India” with the eyes of the prominent traveller from Prussia. The exhibition is curated by art historian—Dr Jutta Jain-Neubauer.

Travels of the Prince Waldemar of Prussia to India 1844–46 is on view at Delhi’s India International Centre till 9 November

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