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Portrait of a woman with a fan

circa 1815


Company school


late 18th century – late 19th century

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Portrait of a woman
    Alternative title
    Woman with a fan (duenna?)
    Places where the work was made
    Delhi India
    Lucknow Uttar Pradesh India
    circa 1815
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour on paper
    21.8 x 20.2 cm
    Gift of Dr J Masselos 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Company school

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Holding a hand fan and draped in saffron-coloured cloth, the seated woman depicted here is likely a chaperone to a younger woman. Although not attributed as such, the style and subject of the painting link it to those from the renowned Fraser Album. Between 1815 and 1820, brothers William Fraser (1784–1835) and James Baillie Fraser (1783–1856) commissioned artists around Delhi to capture daily life in the region. A Fraser Album painting in the Gallery’s collection includes a depiction of a woman, also holding a fan, with a striking resemblance to the subject of this picture.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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