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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the V&A, 1964

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, on album page, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, a Nawab holding a durbar (holding court) on a riverside terrace during a festival firework display.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


ca. 1710 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Object history note

This album of 104 folios known as the Clive Album was formerly the property of the Earl of Powis, Powis Castle. (RP 1959/1747)

Descriptive line

Painting, Large Clive Album, Nawab holding durbar on riverside terrace, firework festival, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, ca. 1710

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Skelton, Robert,'Murshidabad Painting',Marg, vol. X, No 1, December 1956, illus, p.11
p. 19, pl. 1
Das, N. and Llewellyn-Jones, R. (eds.). Murshidabad: Forgotten Capital of Bengal, ISBN 978-81-921106-9-1. Marg, Mumbai, 2013. ISBN 978-81-921106-9-1.


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Gold



Subjects depicted

Noble; Terrace; Fireworks; Celebration


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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