One of two Portraits of Maratha princes

Portrait
late 19th century (painted)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This portrait depicts an anonymous prince of the Marathas. He is wearing an elaborate, European-style military uniform, with gold braid and epaulettes, a 'sarpesh' (turban jewel), and a dagger in his waistband. The artist may well have copied the picture from a photograph.

This portrait is very unusual because it is painted on conch shell. There are only two conch shell pictures in the V&A's collection. Most Company Paintings (pictures made by Indian artists for the British) are on paper, ivory, or mica (talc).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque water-colour and gold on paper
Brief Description
Painting; Gouache on conch shell, Delhi, late 19th century.
Physical Description
An oval portrait of a Maratha prince in a military officer's jacket.
Dimensions
  • Height: 7.5cm
Style
Object history
Purchased from the executors of Mrs F.B.P.
Subject depicted
Summary
This portrait depicts an anonymous prince of the Marathas. He is wearing an elaborate, European-style military uniform, with gold braid and epaulettes, a 'sarpesh' (turban jewel), and a dagger in his waistband. The artist may well have copied the picture from a photograph.



This portrait is very unusual because it is painted on conch shell. There are only two conch shell pictures in the V&A's collection. Most Company Paintings (pictures made by Indian artists for the British) are on paper, ivory, or mica (talc).
Bibliographic Reference
Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 227 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
IS.90-1960

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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