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Indian Company Paintings 1830 to1840
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Indian Company Paintings 1830 To1840
1830-1840, India, Uploaded by janes at 2010/06/08
Tags: Nineteenth Century Indian Art Indian Art Inidan Company Art

The style of these paintings on mica is European. The Europeans found it hard to relate to the Indian style of painting and so taught the Indians to paint in a European style. Many of these European patrons worked for companies such as The East Indian Company hence the name 'Company Paintings.' In fact there were Indian patrons as well. The style was, as the V&A records, 'documentary rather than imaginative,' covering scenes from everyday life.

Thought to date from 1830-1840 and to depict camp life (see http://www.sharehistory.org/projects/91-indian-company-paintings

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KateHW
Katehw commented Aug 01, 2013:

How fascinating these are! From the days of the Britich Raj, I would guess, but any more specific than that ... I can identify the carriage as a ghari (or gharry), and the driver would be known as a Ghora Wallah.

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