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).
A series of paintings of castes and their occupations.
Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 November 1997.
A Brahmin of the learned class
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
21.9 x 17.6 cm image; 27.2 x 22.9 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1957