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Royal Hunts

  • Object:

    Album page

  • Place of origin:

    Faizabad (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1774 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

‘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.

This Company painting is part of an album, now known as the Gentil Album, of 58 paintings commissioned by a French infantry colonel, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Gentil (1726-1799), who served under Shuja ud-Daula of Oudh from 1774 until 1786. It shows traps, pits and nets for catching tigers, lions and elephants.

Physical description

Traps, pits and nets for catching tigers, lions and elephants. From the Gentil Album. Page divided horizontally into three. Ways of catching tigers in top section, lions in middle, and elephants in bottom section.

Place of Origin

Faizabad (painted)


ca. 1774 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper


Length: 37 cm, Width: 53.5 cm

Descriptive line

Gentil; Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774. Page number 11. Traps, pits and nets for catching tigers, lions and elephants.

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 122 p. ISBN 0944142303


Watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Lion; Nets; Elephant; Tiger (animal); Hunting


Indian Company Paintings; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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