Prayers at Sunset
Charles W. Bartlett
British, 1860 - 1940
Color woodblock print
Image: 10 1/2 x 15 3/16 in. (26.7 x 38.6 cm) Sheet: 11 3/8 x 16 1/4 in. (28.9 x 41.3 cm)
Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1927 (5377). Conservation treatment supported by David Dolan in memory of his sister Pamela Dolan Gordon.
This print shows a group of Muslims gathering for prayers at sunset in the city of Udaipur. Located in the northwestern province of Rajasthan, Udaipur was established as the capital of the state of Mewar by Rana Udai Singh in 1568, and remained an important political center into the twentieth century. It is famous for its palaces and artificial lakes, causing it to be known as the "City of Lakes." As in many of Bartlett's images of India, he shows a particular interest in the effects of lighting and reflections on the water, which have been skillfully translated into the Japanese woodblock print medium by the carvers and printers in the studio of Watanabe Shözaburö, who published this print. (2009)