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Title

Fish vendor

19th century


Artist

Company school

India

late 18th century - late 19th century


About

The so-called ‘Company School’ emerged in the latter part of the 18th century, when the British overthrew both the Mughal and the Rajput rulers of India. Indian artists, who had previously painted for Mughal and Rajput patrons, instead began painting for the English residents of India, many of whom were employed with the British East India Company. Pictures painted for the British by Indian artists in a westernised style to suit the taste of the new clients came to be known as ‘Company Painting’. Company school artists mostly recorded the ‘exotic’ occupations and customs of the native populations.

Several distinct styles and sub-schools of Company painting developed throughout India as well as regions beyond, such as Sri Lanka and Burma. This painting, like the others in the set included in collection, show neatly drawn figures of men and women of different castes and occupations, many holding tools of their trade, set against bright, opaque backgrounds. These features identify the works with the Thanjavur (Tanjore) style of Company school painting.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2008.


Details


Place where the work was made

Thanjavur (Tanjore) Tamil Nadu India


Date

19th century


Media categories

Painting , Watercolour


Materials used

opaque watercolour on paper


Dimensions

21.0 x 16.5 cm sight; 59.0 x 44.0 cm frame


Credit

Gift of Sheila Palmer accessioned 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

315.2008


Artist information

Company school

Works in the collection

19