Russian painting Pearl Mosque at Delhi sells for £1.9m



A painting by Russian artist Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin has sold for $3.1m (£1.9m) at a sale in New York. The Pearl Mosque at Delhi - thought to be one of his most significant works to appear at auction in more than 100 years - was sold by Sotheby's. The giant artwork, which measures 13ft (3.9m) high by 16ft (4.8m) wide, was created between 1876 and 1879. Depicting men kneeling in prayer at an Indian mosque, the painting fell short of its $5m (£3.1m) estimate. The artwork, from Vereshchagin's Indian series, was offered by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, along with seven other works. Visitors to Sotheby's York Avenue galleries had been able to view the painting, set inside the Red Fort in Delhi, from 26 October. ...

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