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Painting - The Jami Masjid, Lahore

The Jami Masjid, Lahore

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (possibly, made)
    Agra (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory, painted in watercolour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This oval ivory plaque is painted with a view of the Jami Masjid, Lahore. It is part of a set of six plaques representing Mughal monuments and would have originally been hung on a wall. Such sets were produced for the growing number of Europeans in India who wished to acquire high quality souvenirs of their travels. The skilled technique is a legacy of Indian court artists working in miniature.

With the decline of Mughal patronage in the 18th century, miniature painters formerly working for the court began to produce works specifically for the growing number of westerners in the subcontinent. By the mid 19th century, when this piece was painted, this had grown into a substantial souvenir trade.

Physical description

Oval ivory plaque painted in watercolour with a view of the Jami Masjid, Lahore.

Place of Origin

Delhi (possibly, made)
Agra (possibly, made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ivory, painted in watercolour


Length: 8.9 cm, Width: 12.7 cm

Object history note

This painting was purchased from Lt. H. H. Cole.

Descriptive line

Painting; Watercolour on ivory, view of the Jami Masjid, Lahore, Delhi or Agra, ca.1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 224 p. ISBN 0944142303


Watercolour; Ivory




Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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