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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Robert Nathan, K.C.S.I., C.I.E.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Maratha nobleman and wife, seated facing opposite each other on a white and gold carpet, smoking huqqas on a palace terrace. Two male and one seated female attendant wait upon them. In the background is a square tank and fountain, fruit trees, flowers and a pavilion. In the background is a distant view of a river and its opposite bank.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


late 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper


Height: 288 mm, Width: 208 mm

Object history note

This and other paintings also given by Sir Robert Nathan's Executors were thought to have been bought by him in 1904-1905 when he was Private Secretary to the Viceroy, from 'the Moulvi Muhammad Husain, Judge, Small Cause Court, Delhi'. RP 1921/4451

Dalrymple, William and Sharma, Yuthika (eds). Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857. New York : Asia Society ; New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN 9780300176667 ; 030017666X. p. 96-97, cat. no. 23.

Descriptive line

Painting, Maratha nobleman and wife, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, late 18th century


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper; Gold



Subjects depicted

Fountain; Huqqa-pipes; Woman; Noble; Attendants; Tank; Flowers; Pavilion; Terrace


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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