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AUDUBONS OF INDIA

Oct. 11, 1954
Oct. 11, 1954

Table of Contents
Oct. 11, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Under 21
  • The good old game of touch, with rules or without, provides football fun for everyone without the spills and skills demanded by the regular game

The World Series
Soundtrack
Foxhounds
The Bands Play
  • Fancy-free and full of fanfare, football music fills the air with its magnificent manifestations of a martial mania as old as the game itself

  • The violent upsets shown on this and following pages are not the sort of action spectators at the National Horse Show next month are likely to see. To riders and horses preparing for the elegant precision which the arena requires, however, they are normal hazards—and they show that mastering the delicate art of jumping thoroughbreds is a sport which is anything but tame

Sunday Pilot
Sporting Look
  • For fifty years the opening day at Belmont Park has brought out the first fall fashions in the East. This year there was no doubt about the favorite for suits and coats: tweeds—win, place and show

Bowling
Baseball
Horse Racing
Sport In Art
Boxing
Eastern Football
Yesterday
  • Born in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1859 and still living there, Putt Telfer has recorded village sport scenes for 75 years

Sailing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

AUDUBONS OF INDIA

During the reign of Jahangir (1605-1627), one of the great Mughal emperors of India, the art of that land rose to a peak of decorative quality. Jahangir kept his court painters busy filling albums with scenes recording the story of his rule. Occasionally, since he had the genuine sportsman's love of nature, a study of an animal or bird appeared. A contemporary account of his interests, written by an Elizabethan Englishman visiting his court, says "he spends his afternoons watching elephant fights and other sports." The four paintings on these pages are illuminations from imperial album pages now in the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Done in opaque color and gold on burnished paper they show the delicacy and affection with which the artists and their master regarded the colorful birds of their Asian world. Modern ornithologists question the pureness of species of the subjects, and it seems that often the painter's imagination overpowered his sense of authenticity, but for sheer beauty they are hardly equalled.

This is an article from the Oct. 11, 1954 issue Original Layout

This pheasantlike bird, from a page in an imperial album belonging to Emperor Jahangir of India, was painted by a royal court slave named Muhammad.

Jewel tones of color and the grace of the bird sitting on a flowering bough are characteristic of the Mughal painting. The artist titled this "The Bee-Eater."

The spotted forktail, pictured here, is still found in Asia. A kind of thrush, he delighted the emperor with his song and flight. Borders of these paintings are laced with Persian verses.

The Griffon vulture was as familiar a sight to the Mughals as he is now. Both birds on this page were painted by Ustad Mansur. He was a slave at the court of Jahangir, according to the custom of the times, but was honored as an artist.

THREE PHOTOS