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Painting - Three couples

Three couples

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tanjore (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gouache on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

1. An unidentified couple.
2. A tailor and housewife; man holding a 'housewife' (i.e. a bundle containing tailoring tools); the woman holding thread.
3. A couple, possibly fan-makers, each holding a fan.
One of a volume of thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and procession scenes.

Place of Origin

Tanjore (made)


ca. 1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in

Inscribed in :
1. English 'Cawet'
2. English 'Mahratah Tailor'
3. Telugu 'Moochy'


Height: 39.5 cm, Width: 58.5 cm

Object history note

From a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processions. Bought from Mr. G. Goolden who had it from his late cousin Richard Goolden. RP 87/672

Descriptive line

Painting; goucahe and watercolour, Three couples; an unidentified couple, a tailor and his wife, possibly a fan-maker couple. Tanjore, ca. 1830

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, 59 - 65 p. ISBN 0944142303


Watercolour; Gouache; Paper



Subjects depicted

Social status; Couple


Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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