Company Paintings: Indian Paintings of the British Period

Company Paintings: Indian Paintings of the British Period

by Mildred Archer, Graham Parlett
     
 

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Indian artists were commonly employed by the British East India Company and its servants to illustrate the manners and customs of India and to record its many picturesque sights, monuments, deities, festivals, crafts and occupations. Their work, a blend of Indian and British styles, is known as 'Company painting' and is… See more details below

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During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Indian artists were commonly employed by the British East India Company and its servants to illustrate the manners and customs of India and to record its many picturesque sights, monuments, deities, festivals, crafts and occupations. Their work, a blend of Indian and British styles, is known as 'Company painting' and is represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum by over 2,600 examples. In this catalogue, Dr Mildred Archer discusses the circumstances in which this type of painting evolved and describes and lists the Museum's collection according to the various regions in which it was produced: Andhra, Trichinopoly, Madras, Madura, Tanjore, Malabar and Coorg, Mysore, Murshidabad, Patna, Calcutta, Benares, Puri, Oudh, Delhi and Agra, the Punjab, Rajasthan, Western India, Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka and Malacca. Many little-known styles of Company painting are described and illustrated, including painting on mica, glass and ivory, and each section is prefaced by a historical note. The volume is richly illustrated and accompanied by an extensive bibliography, glossary and index.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To please their British patrons, Indian artists of the 18th and 19th centuries blended European and Indian styles in what came to be called ``company painting.'' This delightful catalog, which samples the large collection of such paintings in London's Victoria and Albert Museum, is a valuable record of customs, castes and a way of life that have largely vanished. Highlights among the 152 color plates include meticulously observed pictures of plants, animals and birds, jewel-like paintings of festivals and of Hindu deities, studies of artisans at their various trades, exquisite views of the Taj Mahal and of temple architecture, and carefully rendered portraits on paper, glass, ivory and mica. Archer, a British art historian and curator, is a companionable guide to a genre that seduces with its charm, vivacity and beauty, as well as with its historical interest. (Sept.)
Booknews
A catalogue and description of the 2,000 paintings in the Victoria and Albert Museum that were painted by Indians during the 18th and 19th century, commissioned by the British East India Company to illustrate the customs and manners of the natives. Blending traditional and British styles, they portray many sights, monuments. deities, festivals, crafts, and occupations. Good quality, color reproductions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780944142301
Publisher:
Grantha Corporation
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Series:
Indian Art Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.25(h) x (d)

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