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An image of A religious mendicant by Company school

Company school

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

Title
A religious mendicant
Other titles:
An infidel religious mendicant
Indian couple
Place of origin
Thanjavur (Tanjore)Tamil NaduIndia
Cultural origin
Company school; probably by a Muslim artist working in Thanjavur. (see note).
Year
circa 1800
Media categories
Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
Dimensions

22.0 x 17.2 cm image; 28.2 x 22.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1957
Accession number
9645
Location
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 (1)

Jim Masselos, Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 8.1

Exhibition history (3)

A survey of Indian art (1967), Fisher Library, University of Sydney, Sydney, 06 Sep 1967–23 Sep 1967

Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Oct 1991–08 Jan 1992

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