Painting

first half of the 18th century (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This study of a flowering plant 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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Painting, Small Clive Album p. 81, a fllowering plant, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, first half 18th century
Physical Description
Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, of a stylised daisy plant with four double blooms and a number of buds on stems with indented and serrated leaves growing from a mossy tuft at the base of the painting. The flowers have frilly white petals with pink edgings. The plant is painted on a plain ivory-coloured ground and framed with blueish-grey strips of paper which have a gold line and red outline on their inner edges and black lines either side with a further double outline in black rules on the main ivory-coloured border of the page. The margins of the page have strips of buff-coloured paper with a double row of black ruled lines and a strip of beige-coloured woven textile attached on its inner side as a gutter for the binding.
Dimensions
  • Central painting height: 20.2cm
  • Central painting width: 11cm
  • Page height: 35.5cm
  • Page width: 23.5cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
Inscription of identification and number in black ink on the lower edge of the painting (Persian.; Nasta'liq.)
Credit line
Gift of Mr. John Goelet
Object history
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.
Subject depicted
Summary
This study of a flowering plant 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.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.48:41/A-1956

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record createdJanuary 15, 2004
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