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A woman and two attendants

circa 1820


Company school


late 18th century – late 19th century

  • Details

    Other Title
    A lady and her two attendants standing against a plain background, the lady dressed in white and pink jewellery, a girl on her right with three pots and an older woman on her left with a fan, Delhi, c. 1820
    Place where the work was made
    Delhi India
    circa 1820
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour and gouache with gold on paper
    25.8 x 39.0 cm
    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Dr Jim Masselos 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Company school

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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