Painting

ca. 1880 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Painting, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, oval portrait of a Calcutta dandy against a pale blue background. He wears the fashionable Prince Albert haircut and large silver hooped earrings (executed in tin alloy). His western-style orange jacket with yellow edging has a small, Indian floral print and is worn with a white shirt.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper
Brief Description
Painting, Calcutta dandy, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1880
Physical Description
Painting, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, oval portrait of a Calcutta dandy against a pale blue background. He wears the fashionable Prince Albert haircut and large silver hooped earrings (executed in tin alloy). His western-style orange jacket with yellow edging has a small, Indian floral print and is worn with a white shirt.
Dimensions
  • Height: 435mm (maximum)
  • Width: 275mm (maximum)
Content description
A Calcutta dandy against a pale blue background.
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'Nautch Bibi' (inscribed in pencil on object)
Credit line
Given by Major R.G. Gayer-Anderson Pasha and Colonel T.G.Gayer-Anderson, C.M.G., D.S.O.
Object history
Historical significance: Calcutta was recognised as the Capital of British India from 1833-1912. By the 1830s, artists had arrived from rural villages in Bengal and began to produce paintings that reflected local history, mythology, customs and conflicts of a colonised society. As a popular art form, these artists are recognised for their use of brilliant colour, simplified images and swift brushstrokes that became the hallmark of Kalighat painting in the 19th and early 20th century.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Kalighat paintings : a catalogue and introduction / by W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1971 Number: 0112900291 :pl. no. 43, cat. no. 20, iv: p. 63.
  • 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. 79
Collection
Accession Number
IS.257-1953

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record createdDecember 18, 2002
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