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  • Place of origin:

    Amritsar (possibly, made)
    Lahore (probably done in the Lahore School of Art, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, the design consists of an archway filled by a climbing rose plant densely laden with green leaves and pink blossoms, with birds perching inside the foliage. The slender tapering pillars supporting the arch have Mughal-style baluster bases and are surmounted by palmette capitals painted in gold, the palmettes similar to those on the roof of the Golden Temple. A male and female deer stand at the base of each column. The design has matching borders at right and left of a flower-laden scrolling line on a deep salmon pink ground with narrow bands of yellow on either side.

Place of Origin

Amritsar (possibly, made)
Lahore (probably done in the Lahore School of Art, made)


ca. 1880 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

In lower right margin in pencil "Sikh wall painting copied from work of today in the Golden Temple Amritsar. Invoice No. 2003". In ink, upper right, in the hand of Caspar Purdon Clarke, "Purdon Clarke Collection. (A) Golden Temple Amritsar (Sikh ornament).


Height: 101 cm paper is irregularly cut and increases to 102 at certain points, Width: 68 cm

Object history note

Collected by Caspar Purdon Clarke during his purchasing tour of India in 1881-2.Sir Casper Purdon Clarke (1846-1911) was a trained architect who entered HM Office of Works and in 1867 transferred to the Works Department of the South Kensington Museum. He designed the Indian Section of the 1877 Paris Exhibition, and arranged the Indian collections at South Kensington in 1880. It is not clear whether or not these designs were intended for the museum, or were bought for himself, as they are are clearly marked "Purdon Clarke Collection" in the hand of his son, Caspar Stanley Clarke, who became Keeper of the Indian Department.

Descriptive line

Design for a wall painting, opaque watercolour on paper; Lahore, ca. 1880


Paper; Paint; Opaque watercolour



Subjects depicted

Deer; Roses; Birds; Foliage; Archway


Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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