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Painting - One of six figures from the Mughal emperor's ceremonial procession on the occasion of the Id
  • One of six figures from the Mughal emperor's ceremonial procession on the occasion of the Id
    Khan, Mazhar Ali
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One of six figures from the Mughal emperor's ceremonial procession on the occasion of the Id

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Khan, Mazhar Ali (maker)
    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.485-1950

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Company Painting is from a set of six depicting scenes from the Mughal emperor's ceremonial procession on the occasion of the Muslim Id festival. The painting is possibly by Mazhar Ali Khan and dates from about 1840, during the reign of the last emperor and King of Delhi, Bahadur Shah II (r.1838-1858). The picture shows an empty covered sedan or carrying-chair for the queen or ladies of the first rank; it is carried by nine men, with three other attendants, one of whom holds a large sun-shade. The Id festival is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramazan.

'Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East India Company. They represent a fusion of traditional Indian artistic styles with conventions and technical features borrowed from western art. Some Company paintings were specially commissioned, while others were virtually mass-produced and could be purchased in bazaars.

Physical description

One of six drawings of figures from the Mughal emperor's ceremonial procession on the occasion of Id. A covered sedan chair being carried by eight or nine men, wearing white with various coloured sashes and turbans. Three accompanying figures, one with a parasol.

Place of Origin

Delhi (painted)

Date

ca. 1840 (painted)

Artist/maker

Khan, Mazhar Ali (maker)
Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 18 cm

Object history note

IS.477 to 489-1950 were purchased for £5 in 1950.

Descriptive line

Painting, a covered sedan chair with figures, gouache, poss. Mazhar Ali Khan, Delhi, ca.1840.

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 166 p. ISBN 0944142303

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Sedan; Parasols

Categories

ELISE; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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