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Painting - A Weaver and his wife

A Weaver and his wife

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Thanjavur (made)
    Tanjore (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (painted)
    c. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one comes from a set of 14 depicting castes and occupations, and shows a cotton-weaver and his wife preparing the warp threads for weaving by brushing them with a starch or rice paste to make them more easy to weave.

Physical description

One of fourteen paintings of castes and occupations, this one of a weaver and his wife; the man brushing a warp, the woman holding a bobbin (asari). One of fourteen paintings of castes and occupations. The woman at the left, the man at the right, the warp between them. Landscape behind, a pot in foreground.

Place of Origin

Thanjavur (made)
Tanjore (made)


ca. 1800 (painted)
c. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed: 'A weaver'
Inscription; decoration

Inscribed on back with name of caste in English and Tamil.


Height: 41.4 cm, Width: 28 cm, Height: 4l.4 cm

Descriptive line

Paintings; gouache, A Weaver and his wife, Tanjore, ca. 1800

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, 57 p. ISBN 0944142303





Subjects depicted

Warp; Weavers


ELISE; Access to Images; Images Online; Indian Company Paintings; Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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