One of eleven paintings of occupations

Painting
ca. 1870 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Paintings on mica (a naturally occurring mineral) were made in southern and eastern India and were popular with the British. The unusual medium made them desirable and they were brought back to England in large numbers. Paintings were produced in sets with themes such as deities, wildlife, occupations, architecture and the festivals of the region.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gouache on mica
Brief Description
Painting; gouache on mica, A blacksmith and his wife, Trichinopoly, ca.1870
Physical Description
This painting depicts a blacksmith and his wife.
Dimensions
  • Length: 10.5cm
  • Width: 15cm
Style
Object history
Transferred from the Indian Museum.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Paintings on mica (a naturally occurring mineral) were made in southern and eastern India and were popular with the British. The unusual medium made them desirable and they were brought back to England in large numbers. Paintings were produced in sets with themes such as deities, wildlife, occupations, architecture and the festivals of the region.
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 214 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
4672:10/(IS)

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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