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  • Place of origin:

    Patna (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shiva Dayal Lal (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    P. C. Manuk and Miss G. M. Coles Bequest through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. The artist Shiva Dayal Lal, who worked in Patna, created this one around 1850. He relied to a great extent on patronage from the local gentry, especially Rai Sultan Bahadur, for whom he made bird and flower paintings. His cousin, Shiva Lal, also ran an artist's shop in Patna, but his work tends to be less brightly coloured and precise in style.

Physical description

A brightly coloured watercolour of four women selling food-grains, vegetables and fruit, in baskets, with purple and gold-flecked fawn borders, with white and red rules.

Place of Origin

Patna (made)


ca. 1850 (made)


Shiva Dayal Lal (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Length: 26 cm, Width: 39.5 cm

Descriptive line

Painting, women selling produce, opaque watercolour on paper, Patna, ca. 1850

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, 90/91 p. ISBN 0944142303


Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper


Painted; Painted


Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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