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Title

A woman and two attendants

circa 1820

Artist

Company school

India

late 18th century - late 19th century

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  • Details

    Other Title
    A lady and two attendants
    Place where the work was made
    Delhi India
    Date
    circa 1820
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    25.8 x 39.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    60.2021
    Artist information
    Company school

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  • About

    A fine depiction of three Indian women, this painting is from the renowned Fraser Album. The Fraser collection of over 90 paintings was commissioned in Delhi, India, by brothers William Fraser (1784–1835) and James Baillie Fraser (1783–1856) between 1815 and 1820. William Fraser travelled to India in 1799 aged 14 to work for the English East India Company. He engaged with the cultures and languages of India and lived in Delhi until his assassination in 1835. His brother James Baillie Fraser was an amateur artist who arrived in India in 1814. The Fraser brothers employed Indian artists to record aspects of daily life – from people and events to architecture and landscapes. Several artists were engaged but the names of most are no longer known. It has been suggested by Indian painting scholar Toby Falk that the village scene portraits with stippling effects, such as the work offered, are likely to have been painted by Ghulam Ali Khan. Paintings associated with expatriate clients, often on English paper in watercolour, came to be known as Company school pictures for their connection to the employees of the East India Company. The Fraser Album is distinctive for its connection to the region of Delhi rather than Calcutta (Kolkata) where most Company paintings were produced.

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