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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
South Asia, Room 41

Mahatt seated on a chair

Painting
1764 (painted)
Place Of Origin

An Indian woman in a yellow semi-transparent sari and red pyjama trousers half squatting on a European style chair on a terrace, smoking a huqqa which is on a small stand. In the foreground a parapet and a flower-bed with poppies.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Opaque watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Painting of an Indian woman sitting on a chair smoking a huqqa, Patna, probablay by the Murshidabad artist Dip Chand, 1764
Physical Description
An Indian woman in a yellow semi-transparent sari and red pyjama trousers half squatting on a European style chair on a terrace, smoking a huqqa which is on a small stand. In the foreground a parapet and a flower-bed with poppies.
Dimensions
  • Height: 237mm
  • Width: 166mm
  • Image within innermost painted borders height: 118mm
  • Image within innermost painted borders width: 150mm
14/08/2013 dimensions measured as part of Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project 2013
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
Mahatt. W.F.1764 (inscribed on back)
Gallery Label
This painting is inscribed ‘Mahatt. W.F. 1764’ on the reverse. Mahatt is likely to be the name of the sitter and W.F refers to William Fullerton (d.1805), a Scottish surgeon based in Patna, who commissioned the painting. This is one of a set of illustrations of acquaintances and members of Fullerton’s household. Mahatt is half-squatting in an Indian fashion on a European style chair while smoking a huqqa. (March 2022)
Credit line
Purchased from Martinus Nijhoff in 1903
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992, 75 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
D.1183-1903

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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