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  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major R.G. Gayer-Anderson Pasha and Colonel T.G.Gayer-Anderson, C.M.G., D.S.O.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1880 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Nautch Bibi'
inscribed in pencil on object


Height: 435 mm maximum, Width: 275 mm maximum

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Painting, Calcutta dandy, opaque watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kalighat, Kolkata, ca. 1880

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

pl. no. 43, cat. no. 20, iv: p. 63.
Kalighat paintings : a catalogue and introduction / by W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1971 Number: 0112900291 :
p. 79
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.


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Tin alloy



Subjects depicted



Paintings; Portraits; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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