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Shaivite procession at night

Painting
ca. 1830 (painted), ca. 1830 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This example comes from a volume containing 30 folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processional scenes.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Brief Description
Painting; gouache and watercolour, Shaivite procession at night, from a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and procession scenes, Tanjore, ca. 1830
Physical Description
Shaivite procession at night preceded by an elephant and flag-bearers and followed by images of Ganesha on his rat; Subrahmanya with his two consorts, Valli and Devayanai, on the peacock; Shiva and Uma on the bull Nandi; and Durga on her lion. The scene is illuminated by fireworks and torches; among the crowd in the foreground are a firework seller, ascetics, musicians, including a group, on the right, with hand-cymbals.

One in a volume of thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and procession scenes.
Dimensions
  • Height: 39.5cm
  • Width: 58.5cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Procession of Sivah' (Inscription; decoration; English; pencil)
  • (Inscription; decoration; Telegu; ink)
Object history
From a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processions. Bought from Mr. G. Goolden who had it from his late cousin Richard Goolden. RP 87/672
Subjects depicted
Summary
The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This example comes from a volume containing 30 folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processional scenes.
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, 59 - 65 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
IS.39:28-1987

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record createdJanuary 21, 2000
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