Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information




Asian art

View More:


An allegory of imperial power

circa 1770


Company school


late 18th century - late 19th century


Other Titles

Akbar and Aurangzeb

Akbar with young Salim and Jahangir

Place where the work was made

Thanjavur (Tanjore) Tamil Nadu India

Cultural origin

Company school


circa 1770

Media categories

Painting , Watercolour

Materials used

opaque watercolour with gold on paper


21.5 x 17.0 cm image; 28.0 x 23.0 cm sheet

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1957


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Company school

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Warren Hastings, circa 1770-1818, England, possibly commissioned in Madras (Chennai), India by Hastings between 1769 and 1772. Probably exported from India to England, 1785 or before. Held in the collection of Warren Hastings until his death in 1818.

Marian Hastings, 1818-1837, England, inherited from Warren Hastings.

Charles von Imhoff, 1837, England, inherited from Marian Hastings.

Private Collection, pre Aug 1853, England, purchased by a resident on the estate of Daylesford House from a sale of the contents of Daylesford House, Worcestershire (Gloucestershire from 1931), 22–27 August 1853 or before.

George Sandwith, 1939-18 Apr 1958, England, purchased on the estate of Daylesford House, Gloucestershire, 1939. Presented by Mr George Sandwith FRGS to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. 25 October 1957, received 18 April 1958.

Referenced in 1 publication


Jim Masselos, Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Sydney, 1991. 3.7. Catalogue listing only.