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Painting

ca. 1860 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. The artist Shiva Lal, who painted this one around 1860, ran an artist's shop in Patna. Like his painter cousin, Shiva Dayal Lal, Siva Lal relied to a great extent on the patronage of the local gentry. In the picture he shows one of them seated on a carpet, leaning against a bolster, watching dancing-girls and musicians.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Painting, dancing girls, by Shiva Lal, opaque watercolour on paper, Patna, ca. 1860
Physical Description
Dancing girls, with musicians, entertaining an Indian gentleman of Patna city who is seated under a red canopy; a courtyard in the background.
Dimensions
  • Height: 19.5cm
  • Width: 23cm
Style
Credit line
P. C. Manuk and G. M. Coles Bequest, through The Art Fund
Object history
Acquired by the donors in Patna.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. The artist Shiva Lal, who painted this one around 1860, ran an artist's shop in Patna. Like his painter cousin, Shiva Dayal Lal, Siva Lal relied to a great extent on the patronage of the local gentry. In the picture he shows one of them seated on a carpet, leaning against a bolster, watching dancing-girls and musicians.
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, 92 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
IS.201-1949

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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