“INDIAN ART when seen in its full perspective discloses so vast a panorama that it is easy to lose one’s sense of proportion. Like the view from the summit of the Jungfrau, misty and uncertain on account of the great height of the spectator, or like the first glimpses of Montblanc over the Mountain Railway on the approach to Chamonix, range after range of dim peak and vale, of vaporous torrent, or gliding glacier. It is better to take one’s stand on some lowly green Alp and survey the humbler heights before one ; for as the Scientist can reconstruct from a single bone the whole skeleton of the antediluvian monster, we shall glean from a survey of the one promontory an inkling of virgin and inaccessible peaks beyond.
Such a promontory in the fields of art is the School of Art of Bombay, representing as it does in miniature the simulacrum of grander forms.”
— From the Introduction by W.E. Gladstone Solomon.