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Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)
    Avadh (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    first half of the 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr. John Goelet

  • Museum number:

    IS.48:22/B-1956

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This study of a flowering plant on a bold yellow ground is included in the "Small Clive Album", a volume of Indian paintings which is thought to have been given by Shuja ad-Daula, the Nawab of Avadh, to Lord Clive during his last visit to India in 1765-67. It contains 56 folios on which are Mughal paintings, drawings and flower studies dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. The binding is covered with an Indian brocade. The album was given to the museum by Mr John Goelet in 1956.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, a stylised pink thistle flower on a single stem with a single serrated leaf is shown on a yellow background. The painting is mounted on a dark blue inner border edged in gold with black outlines on a plain ivory-coloured outer border which has strips of buff-coloured paper at the edges of the page with a gold inner margin outlined in black. A strip of beige woven textile has been added over the remains of the paper strip margin on the inner edge of the page to act as a gutter for the binding.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)
Avadh (possibly, made)

Date

first half of the 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 14.5 cm central painting, Width: 9 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. The album was sold from Powis Castle at Sotheby's sale, 16-18 January 1956, lot 332A.

Descriptive line

Painting, Small Clive Album p. 44, a flower study, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, possibly Avadh, firat half 18th century

Production Note

possibly made in Avadh

Materials

Paper; Paint; Opaque watercolour

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Flower

Categories

Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection code

SSEA

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