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An image of A farmer by Company school

Company school

(India late 18th century – late 19th century)

A farmer
Other titles:
A Hindu cultivator
A farmer and his wife
Place of origin
Thanjavur (Tanjore)Tamil NaduIndia
Cultural origin
Company school; probably by a Muslim artist working in Thanjavur.
circa 1800
Media categories
Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
opaque watercolour with gold on paper

22.5 x 18.0 cm image; 28.0 x 23.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1957
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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. 4.2 In this publication this work is titled 'A farmer and his companion'.

Exhibition history (2)

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001