The book is a reprinted version of W.E. Gladstone Solomon's descriptive account of the Indian Room, a space created by the staff and students of the School of Art of Bombay. The original edition was published in 1924 by Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay.

'Bombay and the School of Art: Indian Art when seen in its full perspective discloses so vast a panorama that it is easy to lose one's sense of proportion. Like the view from the summit of the Jungfrau, misty and uncertain on account of the great height of the spectator, or like the first glimpses of Montblanc over the Mountain Railway on the approach to Chamonix, range after range of dim peak and vale, of vaporous torrent, or gliding glacier. It is better to take one's stand on some lowly green Alp and survey the humbler heights before one; for as the Scientist can reconstruct from a single bone the whole skeleton of the antediluvian monster, we shall glean from a survey of the one promontory an inkling of virgin and inaccessible peaks beyond. Such a promontory in the fields of art is the School of Art of Bombay, representing as it does in miniature the simulacrum of grander forms.' (Excerpt from Chapter 1)

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Bombay and the School of Art

The Indian Room

The Indian Room (Statuettes, Furniture, Ornaments and Pottery)

The Indian Room (The Frieze and Wall Paintings)

Mural Painting (Historical Sketch)

Mural Painting (The Ajanta Caves)

The Bombay Revival of Mural Painting

The Bombay Revival


Retrospect--and Results

Indian Art To-day

The Bombay Revival of Indian Art: Dian Art, a Descriptive Account of the Indian Room and Structed an
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The Bombay Revival of Indian Art: Dian Art, a Descriptive Account of the Indian Room and Structed and Decorated By the Staff and Students