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  • Place of origin:

    Patna (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shiva Lal (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    P. C. Manuk and G. M. Coles Bequest, through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. The artist Shiva Lal, who painted this one around 1860, ran an artist's shop in Patna. Like his painter cousin, Shiva Dayal Lal, Siva Lal relied to a great extent on the patronage of the local gentry. In the picture he shows one of them seated on a carpet, leaning against a bolster, watching dancing-girls and musicians.

Physical description

Dancing girls, with musicians, entertaining an Indian gentleman of Patna city who is seated under a red canopy; a courtyard in the background.

Place of Origin

Patna (made)


ca. 1860 (painted)


Shiva Lal (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 19.5 cm, Width: 23 cm

Object history note

Acquired by the donors in Patna.

Descriptive line

Painting, dancing girls, by Shiva Lal, opaque watercolour on paper, Patna, ca. 1860

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, 92 p. ISBN 0944142303


Paper; Watercolour; Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint



Subjects depicted

Dancing girls; Dancers; Girls


Indian Company Paintings; Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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