A weaver and his wife
late 18th century - late 19th century
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).
A series of paintings of castes and their occupations.
Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 November 1997.
A Muslim weaver (note that the weaver is a Hindu as indicated by the sacred thread worn across the body)
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
23.0 x 20.0 cm image; 28.0 x 23.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1957
Shown in 4 exhibitions
A survey of Indian art (1967), Fisher Library, University of Sydney, Sydney, 06 Sep 1967–23 Sep 1967
Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Aug 2018–06 Jan 2019
Referenced in 1 publication
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 4.3