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  • Place of origin:

    Kolkata (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, watercolour and tin alloy on paper, an enraged husband has taken off one of his shoes in his right hand, thrown his wife to the ground and caught her by the hair in order to strike her. The wife is holding a small broom in her hand. The husband, a 'Babu' or a dandy is well dressed and he has parted his hair in the 'Albert' (Prince Albert) style.

Place of Origin

Kolkata (made)


ca. 1890 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour and tin alloy on paper


Height: 453 mm, Width: 280 mm, Height: 474 mm cardboard mount onto which object attached, Width: 302 mm cardboard mount onto which object attached

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

Kalighat painting, husband beating his wife with a shoe, watercolour and tin alloy on paper, Kolkata, ca.1890

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

fig. 74, cat. no. 31, xxxv: p.91.
Kalighat paintings : a catalogue and introduction / by W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1971 Number: 0112900291 :
p. 23, fig. 34
Archer, W.G., Bazaar Paintings of Calcutta, Victoria & Albert Museum, H.M.S.O., 1955


Watercolour; Tin alloy; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Broom; Violence; Shoe; Married couple


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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