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Painting - One of eleven paintings of occupations

One of eleven paintings of occupations

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Trichinopoly (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on mica

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Paintings on mica (a naturally occurring mineral) were made in southern and eastern India and were popular with the British. The unusual medium made them desirable and they were brought back to England in large numbers. Paintings were produced in sets with themes such as deities, wildlife, occupations, architecture and the festivals of the region.

Physical description

This painting depicts a blacksmith and his wife.

Place of Origin

Trichinopoly (made)


ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gouache on mica


Length: 10.5 cm, Width: 15 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the Indian Museum.

Descriptive line

Painting; gouache on mica, A blacksmith and his wife, Trichinopoly, ca.1870

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 214 p. ISBN 0944142303


Gouache; Mica



Subjects depicted

Blacksmith; Occupation; Wife


Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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