Page from Chitrakshar album by Rabindranath Tagore – £3000 at Claydon Auctions.

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Among his works from the 1920s was a series of line drawings executed onto zinc plates that were printed in small editions of 200-250 by his eldest son, Alokendranath.

These private press plate books known as the Chitrakshar albums are rarely seen at auction but one emerged for sale at Claydon Auctions (19.5% buyer’s premium) of Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, on December 30.

Dating from 1929 and numbered 9/200, it featured a series of drawings of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish in a black and gilt leather binding.

The album was estimated at £50-100 but sold for £3000.