• A Fakir at Agra, India -
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    Signed with initials lower right: FAKEER/AT AGRA/F.P.1841

    Watercolour over traces of pencil

    25.5 x 17.6 cm., 10 x 6 3/4 inches

     

    The artist was the son of Field-Marshall Sir George Pollock, 1st Bt. who served in the Bengal Infantry. Frederick Pollock served in the Royal Engineers in India in 1841?2, St Helena in 1842, Aden in 1844 and Germany in 1843. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1872. His work is described as being in the tradition of William Callow.

     

    A Fakir is a Muslim Sufi who teaches Islam and survives on alms. Pollock depicts this Fakir on the banks of the river Jumna with the Taj Mahal beyond.

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