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 Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay
March 2, 1982

Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay

A commemorative postage stamp on the 125th Anniversary of the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Artoldest art institution in Mumbai :

Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art, MumbaiIssued by India

Issued on Mar 2, 1982

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 35 Paise

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • 1857 was a significant year in the history of India in yet another way. This year saw the foundation of Sir J. J. School of Art with the munificent donation of Rs. 1,00,000 from Sir Jamshedji Jeejibhoy the first Baronet. The first drawing class was started at the Elphinstone Institute under the management of a Committee, headed by the then Chief Justice of Bombay. Subsequently in 1866, three ateliers for (i) Decorative Paintings; (ii) Modelling; and (iii) Ornamental Wrought Iron Work were established and the management of the School was taken over by the Government. The School started functioning in the present building in 1878. Drawing teaching as a subject was introduced in 1879 and facilities for training of Drawing Teachers was started in 1893.
  • Due attention was also paid for the development of indigenous arts and crafts by this School. Mr. Griffiths who took charge as a Principal of the School in 1865 undertook the work of copying Ajanta murals in 1872 and finished it in 1881. His efforts with the able assistance of J.J. students projected the first pictorial record of great Ajanta murals before the public. The students of Modelling atelier also contributed at the same time to the ornamental details on the Victoria Terminus, University Building and other buildings in Bombay.
  • In 1891 the Lord Reay Art Workshops (now known as the Department of Art Craft) were established. In 1896, the Draughtsman’s classes, the nucleus of the Department of Architecture were added. This Department was later organised for a 3 years Diploma Course which was duly recognised by the R.I.B.A. Board.
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