Travels of the Prince of Prussia to India

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Much before Instagram, the Prince of Prussia sketched everything he loved about 19th century India

Prince Waldemar in Nako, Himachal Pradesh.

In January 1845, Prince Waldemar of Prussia, Germany, landed in Calcutta while on an expedition to explore distant lands. Accompanied by a team of military men already familiar with India, a botanist and a medical doctor, Prince Waldemar had set out on his journey in September 1844 and made his way to India via Athens, Egypt and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

Nephew of King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Waldemar harboured a deep love for travel and was driven by an insatiable desire to explore the natural phenomena, to venture into the unknown world, and to understand other cultures. Alexander Von Humboldt, a Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer called it Waldemar’s “military curiosity”. In the Indian subcontinent, his destinations included Patna, Kathmandu, Benares, Delhi, Nainital, the regions of the Himalayas and finally Lahore, Jaipur, Gwalior, Indore and Bombay.

Besides being a trained military man, Waldemar was also an enthusiastic artist and created many watercolour paintings and sketches depicting his travels across India. These watercolours, turned into lithographs in Berlin on his return, are on display at an exhibition in New Delhi until November 9.

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