Archives

Mr. Dinshah Ardesir Taleyarkhan

Mr. Dinshah Ardesir Taleyarkhan (1842-1906)
The founder of ‘Gujarat Mitra’, and a famous journalist

by Unknown artist
circa 1890

Watercolour on ivory
1.4 x 1 in. (3.5 x 2.5 cm.)

Hailing from the well known Taleyarkhan family of Surat, Dinshah Ardesir was educated at Surat High School. He started writing in 1863 for public questions and edited a periodical named Sere Dehla. He then started Gujarat Mitra, an anglo vernacular paper and later also wrote on many political subjects for the columns in Times of India, the Bombay Gazette and the Calcutta Review.

Khan Bahadur Padumjee Pestonjee

Khan Bahadur Padumjee Pestonjee (1820-1894)
The first Parsi Sirdar of Deccan

by Unknown artist
circa 1870

Watercolour on ivory
2.5 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm.)

Born in Pune, he was a mail contractor in the Bombay presidency and Deccan. During the mutiny of 1857-58 he was awarded a gold medal and the title of Khan Bahadur for his service. He was also very popular for his public charities.

Mr. Manekjee Cursetjee

Mr. Manekjee Cursetjee (1808-1887)
One of the pioneers of female education in Bombay

by Unknown artist
circa 1900

Oil on canvas
26 x 20.7 in. (66 x 52.5 cm.)

He was the son of a well-known Parsi contractor, Manekjee Cursetjee. He founded the Alexandra Native Girls’ English Institution and was also called the Sheriff of Bombay for his fearless independence in his public and private relations.

Bai Dossibai Jehangirshah Behermandkhan

Bai Dossibai Jehangirshah Behermandkhan
The first Parsi lady pensioner of British regime

by Unknown artist
circa 1900

Oil colour on photograph
24 x 17.7 in. (61 x 45.1 cm.)

She was from a family, who played an important role in the rise and growth of the British rule in Surat. She was learned in English, Persian and Gujarati. After the death of her husband, she was named as the first Parsi lady pensioner of the British regime.

Shams-ul-Ulma Dastur Dr. Darab Peshotun Sanjana

Shams-ul-Ulma Dastur Dr. Darab Peshotun Sanjana (1857-1931)
A profound Avestic and Pehlavi Scholar and author of several masterly treatises

by Unknown artist
circa 1930

Oil colour on photograph
29 x 26 in. (73.7 x 66 cm.)

He was a gold medalist who did advance research work in Avesta and Pehlavi. He was a fellow at the Bombay University and also studied German, French and Sanskrit. His most important publications are the Dinkard, Volumes X to XIX.

A boy from an affluent family

A boy from an affluent family

by Unknown artist
circa 1920

Oil on canvas
24 x 17 in. (61 x 43.2 cm.)

In this highly stylized full-length portrait the boy is painted wearing a suit with hands in his pocket, standing in front of a villa. The backdrop of the portrait shows that the boy is from an affluent family, however his whereabouts are not known.

Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw

Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw (b.1857-)
Kt., O.B.E., M.V.O., Bombay

by Sorab M. Pithawala
dated 1940

Oil on canvas
26 x 21 in. (66 x 53 cm.)

He was the eldest son of Mr. Cowasji Dinshaw, and was educated at the prestigious King’s College of London. He later went to join his father’s firm as a senior partner. He also had the honour of presenting the address to H. M. King of George V in 1911.

Khan Bahadur Nanabhoy Temulji Jungalwala

Khan Bahadur Nanabhoy Temulji Jungalwala (1878-1947)

by Sorab M. Pithawala
dated 1927

Oil on canvas
25.7 x 20.2 in. (65.3 x 51.3 cm.)

He got a law degree from Bombay and worked as an interpreter at the Presidency Magistrate’s Courts in 1904. After retiring, he received the title of Khan Bahadur in 1937 for his valuable services at the Bombay Police Courts since 1904.

Sir Tehmulji Bhicaji Nariman

Sir Tehmulji Bhicaji Nariman (1848-1940)
The first Indian grandmaster of all Scottish Freemasonry in India

by Sorab M. Pithawala
circa 1925

Oil on canvas
29 x 22 in. (74 x 55.5 cm.)

He was medical practitioner and founded the Parsi Lying-in Hospital, the first of its kind. He was also the President of Bombay Medical Union and Society for the Protection of Children in Western India in 1884. He received the Kaiser-I-Hind Gold Medal in 1904.

Unidentified Parsi lady

Unidentified Parsi lady

by M. F. Pithawala (1872-1937)
dated 1906

Oil colour on photograph
28.3 x 24.4 in. (72 x 62 cm.)

Many portraits were made using photographs of people as a reference or painting on the photographs itself. Such works were generally commissioned for the deceased, where the artist’s imagination of how the person looked is at play too.