Name/TitleThe Burning Ghat, Benares
MakerLionel Lindsay (b.1874, d.1961)
Medium and MaterialsDrypoint etching, printed in black ink on paper
Inscription and MarksPlate signed l.l.corner
Signed in pencil beneath plate l.l.
Edition in pencil beneath plate l.r.
Measurements21.4 x 30.1cm (platemark), 24.7 x 32.6cm (window), 44.4 x 51.1cm (frame)
Subject and Association DescriptionIn 1929 Lionel Lindsay and his wife, Jean, travelled to India to visit their daughter, Bingo, and her husband Bob Charley, the son of Major Philip Charley one of the founders of the first Broken Hill Company. During that time Lindsay travelled around the country painting and drawing scenes of the exotic life and architecture around him.
Manikarnika Ghat is one of the ghats in Varanasi (Benares) and is most known for being a place of Hindu cremation. Hindu mythology teaches that the ghat is especially sacred and that people cremated there receive moksha (freedom from reincarnation).
CollectionMax and Nola Tegel, Lionel Lindsay Collection
Credit LineDonated under the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program by Max and Nola Tegel in 2016.