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Painting - A Mughal warrior and his wife

A Mughal warrior and his wife

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a page from the Boileau Album. The album contains 42 Company paintings probably made by an artist from Thanjavur (Tanjore) living in Madras. Painting in Madras at this early period appears to have been linked mainly to individual patronage. John Peter Boileau commissioned this album. Boileau, whose ancestors were French, served as a member of the Madras Civil Service from 1765 to 1785. He probably had the album made to take back home to England when he retired.

Physical description

A Mughal warrior and his wife. A child (?) and a black buck in the foreground.

Place of Origin

Madras (made)


ca. 1785 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

N18. Mogul Cast
English inscription


Height: 36.8 cm, Width: 27 cm Taken from Arts of India 1550-1900

Descriptive line

Paintings; Watercolour on English paper, A Mughal warrior and his wife, Madras, ca. 1785

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 37 p. ISBN 0944142303


Paper; Watercolour




Indian Company Paintings; Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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