Andrew Topsfield

Dr Andrew Topsfield’s research has focused mainly on Indian painting in the Mughal period, particularly the Rajasthani schools. Other areas of research since the 1980s have included the history of Indian board games and 19th century British photography in India. He is currently working on the late Simon Digby’s collection of paintings and illustrated manuscripts, received by the Museum in 2012, while also working on a new handbook of the Museum’s collection of Indian and Southeast Asian art which will contain much previously unpublished material.

Recent publications

(Ed.) Court painting in Rajasthan, Bombay, 2000;

Court painting at Udaipur: Art under the patronage of the Maharanas of Mewar, Zurich, 2002

(Ed., with R. Crill and S. Stronge), Arts of Mughal India: Studies in honour of Robert Skelton, Ahmedabad and London, 2004

(Ed.) In the realm of gods and kings: Arts of India, London, 2004 (repr. 2014)

(Ed.) The art of play: Board and card games of India, Bombay, 2006;

‘Snakes and Ladders in India: Some further discoveries’, Artibus Asiae, LXVI, 1, 2006, 143-79

Paintings from Mughal India, Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2008 (repr. 2013)

‘Sahibdin’, in M.C. Beach, B.N. Goswamy and E. Fischer eds., Masters of Indian painting, Zurich, 2011, vol. 1, 391-406

Visions of Mughal India: The collection of Howard Hodgkin, Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012