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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    18th 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

The painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, is of a flowering leafy stem shown against the plain ivory-coloured ground of the paper. There are four pink flowers which have five petals at the top of the stem. A further flower sprouts out of a green hairy calyx halfway down the stem next to two other empty ones. The toothed leaves grow out of the stem on alternate sides. The modelling is achieved by darker tones of hatching: pink and purple on white for the flowers and dark green and black with splashes of yellow highlights on the leaves. The painting is framed with irregular strips of beige-coloured paper collaged onto the plain ivory-coloured main border and these have ruled lines in black at their edges with two further roughly ruled lines at the outer edge. The page has strips of blue-grey paper collaged along its margins with two more ruled lines in black. The inner right hand edge of the page has a strip of grey paper added over the abraded paper margin to act as a gutter for the present album binding.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 22.2 cm central painting, Width: 8.8 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 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. 108, flower study, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, 18th century


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted



Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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