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Painting

ca. 1760 - ca. 1764 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is one of a group of seven portraits of Indian men and women from a scrapbook. It belonged to William Fullerton of Rosemount, and some of the people depicted may have been members of his household. These paintings are in the local Indian style. Fullerton commissioned them before the development of the Company style used by Indian artists making paintings for the British in India. The woman in this picture sits on a Dutch-style chair, smoking a huqqa resting on a candlestand with tripod legs derived from English patterns.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Opaque watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Painting, lady of William Fullerton's household smoking a huqqa; style of Dip Chand, Murshidabad, ca. 1760-1764
Physical Description
An Indian lady squatting on a European-style chair smoking a huqqa, which is on a small table. She wears a white gown and a green gold-edged shawl. In the backgroundis a green hedge. This is one of seven portraits of Indian men and women.
Dimensions
  • Height: 24.5cm
  • Width: 16.5cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
W.F. (Roman)
Production
The painting is the style of Dip Chand of Murshidabad.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is one of a group of seven portraits of Indian men and women from a scrapbook. It belonged to William Fullerton of Rosemount, and some of the people depicted may have been members of his household. These paintings are in the local Indian style. Fullerton commissioned them before the development of the Company style used by Indian artists making paintings for the British in India. The woman in this picture sits on a Dutch-style chair, smoking a huqqa resting on a candlestand with tripod legs derived from English patterns.
Bibliographic References
  • 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 Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds., Arts of India: 150-1900, text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow, London: Victoria and Albert Museum 1990, pp. 178-9. pl.152. ISBN 1-85177-022-4 Jaffer, A. Furniture from British India and Ceylon: a catalogue of the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2001. ISBN 1 85177 318 5.p.124, fig.54.
  • Jackson, Anna and Ji Wei (eds.) with Rosemary Crill, Ainsley M. Cameron and Nicholas Barnard, compiled by the Palace Museum, translated by Yuan Hong, Qi Yue and Liu Ran. The Splendour of India' Royal Courts : Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Beijing: the Forbidden City Publishing House, 2013. Text in English and Chinese. ISBN 9787513403917.pps. 236-237
  • Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :p.48
Collection
Accession Number
D.1181-1903

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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