(India late 18th century – late 19th century)
22.5 x 18.0 cm image; 28.0 x 23.0 cm sheet
For further details on this genre of painting refer to Mildred Archer, "Company Paintings" (1992), pg.43-66. With the continued decline of India's ruling classes and a shift in the patronage of art, artists of the Mughal/Muslim courts migrated to the new centres of art patronised by the British. Thus the Persian inscription suggests the work of a Muslim artist. Stylistically these paintings conform to the Thanjavur style of Company school painting. (Refer to Chaitanya, 1994, "A History of Indian Painting: the Modern Period", pg.103).
From a series of paintings of castes and their occupations.
Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 November 1997.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Folk Paintings and Souvenir Pictures', Sydney, 2003, 47 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 4.2 In this publication this work is titled 'A farmer and his companion'.
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001