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Title

Portrait of Sikh man

circa 1840

Artist

Company school

India

late 18th century – late 19th century

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    India
    Cultural origin
    Sikh
    Date
    circa 1840
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    13.5 x 10.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2022
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    46.2022
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Company school

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The so-called ‘Company School’ emerged in the latter part of the 18th century when the British overthrew both the Mughal and the Rajput rulers of India. Indian artists, who had previously painted for Mughal and Rajput patrons, instead began painting for the English residents of India, many of whom were employed with the British East India Company. Pictures painted for the British by Indian artists to suit the taste of the new clients came to be known as ‘Company Painting’. Company school artists mostly recorded the occupations and customs of local populations but were also commissioned to document architectural sites and undertake works of scientific investigation including studies of botanical specimens and local fauna and make portraits.

    The patrons of Company School commissions were often less concerned with background or landscape and so paintings of individuals often appear more indicative of certain social or cultural types rather than portraits expressing personality. Despite this tendency, this portrait is a clear attempt to capture the sitter’s physical and personal character.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    India

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