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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr. John Goelet

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, a large orange marigold bloom rests on top of a dark green leafy stem with side shoots and buds. The individual petals are modelled with fine orange brushwork against a yellow ground and the leaves and buds are veined and outlined in a darker shade of green. The flower is set against a plain eau-de-nil green ground. It is framed with strips of dark blue paper outlined in black pasted onto a plain ivory-coloured border with strips of pale buff-coloured paper at the margins, which also are outlined in black ink. A pale brown strip of paper has been added on the right hand sideof the page as a gutter for the album binding. The edges of the page have been gilded.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 22.5 cm central painting, Width: 13 cm central painting, Height: 35.5 cm page, Width: 23.5 cm page

Object history note

This painting is part of the Small Clive Album which is thought to have been given by Shuja ud-daula, the Nawab of Avadh, to Lord Clive during his last visit to India in 1765-67. It contains 56 leaves on which are Mughal paintings, drawings and flower studies on both sides. The album was rebound in the mid nineteenth century with a striped Indian brocade, patterned with rows of flower sprigs, possibly made in southern India. The silk may have been cut from lengths brought home by the 2nd Lord Clive, who served as Governor of Madras, 1799 to 1803. The album was sold from Powis Castle at Sotheby's sale, 16 to 18 January 1956, lot 332A

Descriptive line

Painting, Small Clive Album p. 8, marigold, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, 17th century

Production Note

It is difficult to date this painting accurately, but the pale green background and fineness of the brushwork suggests a seventeenth-century date.


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper


Painting (image-making); Collage; Collage; Painted

Subjects depicted

Flowers (plants)


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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