(India late 18th century – late 19th century)
21.9 x 17.6 cm image; 27.2 x 22.9 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).
A series of paintings of castes and their occupations.
Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 November 1997.
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015