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Painting - Study of a tamarind tree and date palms near Sir William Yardley's house at Breach Candy, Bombay
  • Study of a tamarind tree and date palms near Sir William Yardley's house at Breach Candy, Bombay
    Carpenter, William, born 1818 - died 1899
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Study of a tamarind tree and date palms near Sir William Yardley's house at Breach Candy, Bombay

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Mumbai, India (made)

  • Date:

    December 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carpenter, William, born 1818 - died 1899 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.75-1881

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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William Carpenter was the eldest son of the distinguished portrait painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter and of William Hookham Carpenter, who became Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum. In early 1850 he set off in the footsteps of his younger brother Percy, also an artist, and landed in Bombay. He spent much of his time painting portraits of local rulers and the surrounding countryside, often wearing Indian dress himself. He travelled widely, from Sri Lanka in the south to Kashmir in the north, and he also spent some time in the Punjab and Afghanistan before moving south to Rajasthan. He appears to have returned to England in 1856. Ten years later he was living in Boston, USA, but he moved back to London, where he died in 1899.

Carpenter's Indian pictures display a particular interest in costume, agriculture, and the day-to-day lives of the local inhabitants. This picture depicts tamarind and date trees, with a woman standing nearby holding a vessel on her head and accompanied by a small child. The trees stood near the house of Sir William Yardley at Breach Candy, Bombay. At the time Carpenter visited him, Yardley was Puisne Judge of the Bombay Supreme Court; he later became Chief Justice.

Physical description

A large tamarind tree with a woman holding a vessel on her head standing nearby with a small child. Another figure in the background.

Place of Origin

Mumbai, India (made)

Date

December 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Carpenter, William, born 1818 - died 1899 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Tamarind tree under Sir Wm Yardleys house Breach Candy n.b. a failure Dec 1850.

Dimensions

Height: 24.8 cm, Width: 17 cm

Subjects depicted

Figures; Trees

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

SSEA

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