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  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lal Ghosh, Kanai (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by W.G. Archer.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, watercolour on paper, a green parrot with yellow feet is chained up in a black cage.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1920 (made)


Lal Ghosh, Kanai (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour on paper


Height: 18 in, Width: 11 in

Object history note

The image is one of a series of five paintings purchased by W.G.Archer at Kalighat in 1932 from the artist Kanai Lal Ghosh, a relation of Nibran and Kali Charan Ghosh. When the pictures were acquired the artists were no longer painting as the Kalighat school had ended in about 1925. (Archer:1971, p95).

Descriptive line

Painting, pet parrot, by Kanai Lal Ghosh, watercolour on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1920

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

Archer.W.G (1971) Kalighat Painting, Victoria and Albert Museum, HMSO, London, p54.
p. 72
Sinha, Suhashini, and Panda, C, eds. Kalighat Paintings from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012. ISBN 1851776656.
p. 25
Archer, W.G., Bazaar Paintings of Calcutta, Victoria & Albert Museum, H.M.S.O., 1955

Labels and date

Watercolour on paper
Kalighat, Kolkata
By Kanai Lal Ghosh
c. 1920

Given by W.G. Archer
Not all the paintings produced at Kalighat were religious souvenirs. Many show birds or fish of the region. This simple image of a caged parrot was purchased directly from the artist by V&A curator W.G. Archer in 1932. By this time the Kalighat artists were no longer producing the typical paintings of the area. [27/9/2013]


Watercolour; Paper; Paint



Subjects depicted

Cage; Parrot


Drawings; Animals and Wildlife; Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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