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Painting - Three couples

Three couples

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Tanjore (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (painted)
    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gouache on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.39:19-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

1. Polygar soldier and his wife; the man carrying a musket, his wife betel leaves.
2. Bird-catchers; the man holding a bunch of dead birds, the woman carrying a peacock, a peahen and a cock perched on a mat on her head.
3. A hunter and his wife, the man holding an animal's skull and a bundle, the woman carrying a pot.
One in a volume of thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and procession scenes.

Place of Origin

Tanjore (painted)

Date

ca. 1830 (painted)
ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Palagar Sepoy'
Inscription; decoration; English and Telugu; Below couple 1; ink

'Bird Ketcher'
Inscription; decoration; English and Telugu; Below couple 2; ink

'Beast Ketcher'
Inscription; decoration; English and Telugu; Below couple 3; ink

Dimensions

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; gouache and watercolour, of three couples; soldier, bird-catcher and hunter. 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

Labels and date

SOLDIER, BIRD-CATCHER, HUNTER AND THEIR WIVES
Opaque watercolour on paper
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
c. 1830

IS.39:19-1987
This page is from a handsome album of 30 folios depicting various occupations and communities of South India. It shows a sepoy (soldier) with his wife, a pair of bird-catchers, and a hunter and his wife. Paintings of this
kind documented all levels of society, from the lavishly dressed Maratha ruling class of Thanjavur to the lowliest communities like these three couples. [27/9/2013]

Materials

Watercolour; Gouache; Paper

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Social status

Categories

ELISE; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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