An album containing fifty-three drawings depicting occupations.

Painting
ca.1815 - ca. 1820 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This Company Painting is from an album of 53 depicting miscellaneous occupations and activities. This picture depicts a painter at work. Each picture in the album has an identification in Urdu and sometimes also in English.

‘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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour
Brief Description
Painting, A painter, from an album containing fifty-three drawings depicting occupations, Lucknow, ca.1815-20
Physical Description
A painter, from an album containing fifty-three drawings depicting occupations. Painter, in profile, in painting a picture of a woman. He has a box, paints and brushes in front of him and a bolster behind. Trees at left background.
Dimensions
  • Length: 22.5cm
  • Width: 15cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • (Inscribed with identifications in Urdu and sometimes English.)
  • 'A painter' (Inscribed:)
Subjects depicted
Summary
This Company Painting is from an album of 53 depicting miscellaneous occupations and activities. This picture depicts a painter at work. Each picture in the album has an identification in Urdu and sometimes also in English.



‘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.
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 125 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
AL.7970:15

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record createdJanuary 18, 2000
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