Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India


An outstanding sourcebook of images celebrating the immensely varied decoration of Indian architecture.


ISBN: 9780500292419 Category:

Henry Wilson


The visual exploration of India’s decorative genius presented here focuses on architecture – forts, palaces, havelis or mansions, tombs, temple and mosques. It concentrates on north-west India, which has an exceptionally rich seam of ornamented architecture – forts and palaces of Rajput and Mughal princes, mansions of Gujarati merchants, and much more.

Three elements are essential to the evolution of this ornamentation in carved stone, wood, plaster both moulded and painted, and glass (both coloured and mirrored): the natural world, the materials themselves, and the many hundreds of thousands of artists and craftsmen who have created this generous abundance of work. Henry Wilson examines all in his introductory texts, and displays the results in his remarkable photographs and stencil-like drawings.

Additional information

Weight 1256 g
Dimensions 20 x 29.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2017
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20 x 29.8 cm
Weight 1256 g


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Henry Wilson is known for his photographs of India, which have appeared in many magazines and books, including Benares, IndiaContemporary and The Floral Patterns of India, all published by Thames & Hudson. His drawings of Indian motifs inspired Osborne & Little to commission the Sariskar Collection of wallpapers from him.