For further details on this genre of painting refer to Mildred Archer, "Company Paintings" (1992), pg.43-66. With the continued decline of India's ruling classes and a shift in the patronage of art, artists of the Mughal/Muslim courts migrated to the new centres of art patronised by the British. Thus the Persian inscription suggests the work of a Muslim artist. Stylistically these paintings conform to the Thanjavur style of Company school painting. (Refer to Chaitanya, 1994, "A History of Indian Painting: the Modern Period", pg.103).
From a series of paintings of castes and their occupations.
Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 November 1997.
A Hindu cultivator
A farmer and his wife
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
22.5 x 18.0 cm image; 28.0 x 23.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1957
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Folk Paintings and Souvenir Pictures', Sydney, 2003, 47 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 4.2 In this publication this work is titled 'A farmer and his companion'.