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  • Place of origin:

    Simla (painted)

  • Date:

    March 1866 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clint, R. (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on tinted paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Nothing is known about the artist R. Clint, and the V&A has no documentation relating to the acquisition of this painting, which at some time in the past (probably the late 19th century) was put into a mount bearing an incorrect accession number; it was reaccessioned in 2004. The painting depicts a Bhotiya villager from Spituk in Ladakh carrying a basket of wood and was painted in Simla (Punjab State) in March 1866. The Bhotiyas live in the northernmost border areas of the Central Himalayas and practise migratory cattle-raising and traditional agriculture. Spituk or Pituk (the ā€˜Sā€™ being pronounced by Ladakhis but not by Tibetans) is the site of a gompa (monastery) eight kilometres from Leh. Two similar watercolours by Clint are in the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections in the British Library.

Physical description

Depiction of a Bhotiya villager from Spituk in Ladakh carrying a basket of wood. Painting loose in a mount.

Place of Origin

Simla (painted)


March 1866 (painted)


Clint, R. (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on tinted paper

Marks and inscriptions

RClint [sic] Simla 1866 | Bhootah from Pitec Ladakh [illegible]-3-66


Height: 48.7 cm, Width: 31.6 cm

Object history note

Found misnumbered in the Indian Study Room

Descriptive line

Painting depicting of a Bhotiya villager from Spituk in Ladakh carrying a basket of wood, by R. Clint, India, March 1866

Subjects depicted

Baskets; Figures


Paintings; Images Online


South & South East Asia Collection

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