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  • Place of origin:

    Murshidabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 - ca. 1763 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dip Chand (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, an officer, probably Gurgin Khan, the Armenian general of Nawab Mir Qasim, seated smoking on a terrace, with two servants.

Place of Origin

Murshidabad (made)


ca. 1760 - ca. 1763 (made)


Dip Chand (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper


Height: 319 mm, Width: 252 mm, Height: 286 mm image within innermost painted borders maximum, Width: 221 mm image within innermost painted borders maximum

Historical context note

The painting formerly belonged to the Fullarton collection. The painter of this picture Dip Chand used a precise and pallid style. His paintings and those of other painters in his school differed from other Murshidabad court work of the period.

Descriptive line

Painting, officer, probably Gurgin Khan, smoking, by Dip Chand, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Murshidabad, ca. 1760-1763

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :
p. 24, pl. 6
Das, N. and Llewellyn-Jones, R. (eds.). Murshidabad: Forgotten Capital of Bengal, ISBN 978-81-921106-9-1. Marg, Mumbai, 2013. ISBN 978-81-921106-9-1.

Production Note

The painting is in the style of the Mughal provincial court painting, in particular Murshidabad school.


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Gold



Subjects depicted

Huqqa; Terrace; Officer; Servants


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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