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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    first half of the eighteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr. John Goelet

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting in opaque watercolour on paper, a head and shoulders profile of a lady looking to the right and holding a white flower bud. She is shown against a blue oval background surrounded by a plain crimson frame. She wears a transparent odhani over her head and shoulders. It has a polka-dot pattern of stylised red quatrefoils with golden borders. She wears pearls with a red gem on her forehead, a pearl earring with a green gemstone drop and a matching green drop under a faceted crimson gem attached to her clothes on her chest. She also has two rows of pearls at her throat and two longer rows falling down below. Her nails and finger tips are coloured red. There is little modelling to the face.
The painting is framed in green paper strips decorated with a gold design of stylised lotus buds set within white, gold and black outlines. The border design of red poppies and pink lilies with gold outlines and detailing are set on an ivory-coloured ground. The page has buff-coloured strips of paper with a white line along the inner edge along its margins, and a further beige-coloured strip of paper stuck along the right hand edge as a gutter for the binding of the album.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


first half of the eighteenth century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 13.2 cm central painting, Width: 9.5 cm central painting, Height: 35.5 cm page, Width: 23.5 cm page

Object history note

This miniature painting is part of the Small Clive Album of Indian miniatures which is thought to have been given by Shuja ud-Daula, the Nawab of Avadh, to Lord Clive during his last visit to India in 1765-67. It contains 62 leaves on which are Mughal miniature paintings, drawing and flower studies on both sides. The binding is covered with an Indian brocade silk that may have been cut from lengths brought home by the 2nd Lord Clive, who served as Governor of Madras, 1799 to 1803. The album was sold from Powis Castle at Sotheby's sale, 16 to 18 January 1956, lot 332A.

Descriptive line

Painting, Small Clive Album p. 26, lady holding flower, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, 18th century

Production Note

made probably in the second quarter of the 18th century, possibly in Avadh


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted



Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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