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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr. John Goelet

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, shows a standing lady in profile facing left holding out a blue and white flask as if ready to pour the contents into the small white cup she holds in her right hand. The lady is shown standing on a plain dark green band which rises behind her in a slightly lighter shade of green to a notional dark blue sky above at the top.
The lady is wearing a transparent skirt with gold edgings over orange paijama patterned with a half-drop leafy motif in gold and green with a row of pearls at the ankles. A transparent pinkish odhani with a gold dotted design and edging is draped over her upper body, long loose hair and falls down the back of her skirt. Beneath this her breasts are visible between which there are two rows of gold-tipped short lappets with a yellow infill between over which falls a long pearl necklace and other jewelled and pearl pendants and chokers. Further jewellery is seen on her fingers upper arms, ear, nose and forehead. She is wearing gold slippers with crimson and green floral scrolling.
The original painting has been extended on all four sides and the background overpainted to blend in with it. Some of the green paint extends over the undecorated strips of pinky-brown paper which are collaged round the painting and overlap the navy-blue inner border with gold stylised floral scrolling, which has an frame of gold, white and black outlines within an outer dark blue outline. The main border has an ivory-coloured ground with a design of alternate red poppies and pink lilies picked out in gold. Strips of buff-coloured paper have been collaged at the edges of the page. A white and gold line, now in poor condition, have been added to the inner edges. A pale-brown paper strip has also been added on the left hand side of the page as a gutter for the album binding

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


early 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Marks and inscriptions

numeral '28'
inscribed in pencil on top right hand corner of the border


Height: 16.3 cm original painting, Width: 8.2 cm original painting, Height: 20 cm extended painting, Width: 9 cm extended 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 56 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. 55, a lady with a wine flask and cup, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, early 18th century


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper; Gold


Painting; Collage; Painted

Subjects depicted

Woman; Wine bottles; Costume


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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