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 17 Jan 2015 Rare Paintings
Two miniatures. “Kala with Saber Drawn” and “Kala in Uniform”
India, Delhi; 1815-1816

Two groups of Company paintings in particular have become famous: the c. 300 botanical and zoological studies that were commissioned by Lady Mary Impey in around 1780, and the c. 100 paintings of native troops ... Read More
 14 Dec 2014 Rare Paintings
“Thakur Dawlat Singh Among Courtiers”
India, Delhi; c. 1825
Miniature: 27.6 × 38.5 cm

European influence on Indian painting was tangible from the 16th century, but at the end of the 18th, it became even more pronounced. French and British tradesmen and civil servants commissioned work directly f... Read More
 8 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Indra

Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. The deity Indra sits with his consort, Indraṇī, on the back of their white elephant, Airāvata. This animal has four tusks, although generally it is supposed to have six, and carries in his trunk ... Read More
 1 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Three religious mendicant couples, from a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processions, Tanjore, ca. 1830

Painting; gouache and watercolour.

Painting, watercolour and gouache on paper from a folio of thirty Company paintings, depicting th... Read More
 1 Jun 2014 Rare Paintings
Four male ascetics, From a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and procession scenes, Tanjore, ca. 1830

Painting; gouache and watercolour.

Four male ascetics:
1. A Bhairagi (Vaishnavite devotee), in a loin cloth, carrying a lota and a rosary. ... Read More
 17 May 2014 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache on mica, This painting depicts a Pink lotus (nymphaea), Trichinopoly, ca.1860

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 18 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
South view of Shahabad, Jhalawar - 1818

Water-colour drawing of Shahabad in Jalawar by an anonymous artist in 1818.

Inscribed on the front in ink is: b. 'Shahabad Town from the Ghaut to the Southward.' A gazetteer of 1857 describes the town as follows: 'Shahabad, in the Rajpoot territory of Jha... Read More
 15 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
An ascetic, probably Vasishtha, with a rudrakshamala (rosary) in his hand, sits on a tiger skin in a pavilion with a carefully rendered roof supported by slender pillars. His knees are held in place by a yogapatta (band tied around the knees). He wears a russet dhoti and ornaments made of rudraks... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Study of a Ironer
c. 1840

Ascribed to Shaykh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Bengal, India

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Drawing, natural pigments
Opaque watercolour

Source: National Gallery of Australia Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Study of a cook
c. 1840

Ascribed to Shaykh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Bengal, India

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Drawing, natural pigments
Opaque watercolour

Source: National Gallery of Australia Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A phaeton carriage drawn by two horses, grooms holding the reins.
Lucknow, in the style of Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, circa 1878

Watercolour on paper, old label on reverse naming the horses with the date 1878, framed
122 x 205 mm.

Source: Bonhams Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A ruler out riding in a horse-drawn carriage with two retainers, armed officers on horseback riding alongside
Company School, in the style of Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, mid-19th Century

Gouache on paper, in mount
260 x 495 mm.

Possibly the work of a Rajasthani artist influenced by Shaikh... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A view of Government House and Esplanade Row, Calcutta, from the Maidan - 1830

Watercolour with a black painted border of a view of Government House and Esplanade Row from the Maidan at Calcutta, in West Bengal, by Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, c.1830. The image is inscribed in ink below, wit... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A groom holding a horse's bridle and a chauri, attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Calcutta, circa 1841

Watercolour on paper watermarked Whatman 1841, framed
227 x 127 mm.

Shaikh Muhammad Amir came from Karraya, an outlying district of Calcutta, and began painting for the British th... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
An officer of the Calcutta Police
Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya

Calcutta, circa 1840
Watercolour on paper, framed
226 x 123 mm.

Shaikh Muhammad Amir came from Karraya, an outlying district of Calcutta, and was the best-known artist working for the British in that city. His car... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Hindu gentleman, attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya
Calcutta, circa 1840

Watercolour on paper, inscribed in pencil on the reverse Baboo [English-speaking], framed
225 x 125 mm.

Source: Bonhams Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A GREY RACEHORSE AND GROOM
SIGNED SHEIKH MUHAMMAD AMIR OF KARRAYA, CALCUTTA, CIRCA 1842

Pencil, watercolour and gum arabic on paper, depicting a grey horse standing on a racetrack, his reins held by a groom, signed 'Shekh Mohammad Ameer , Calcutta at Karayah' in the lower right hand corner
14½... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Article/Essay
Essay:
Company Drawings
By Divia Patel and Graham Parlett
- Drawing Space: Contemporary Indian Drawings

The expansion of Company rule in the eighteenth century was paralleled by the need for a greater knowledge and understanding of India, and large amounts of data were collected, categorised and... Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Ayah (maidservant).
Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya. Calcutta, circa mid-19th century.
Opaque watercolour on paper.
18.5 x 13.5cm

Source: www.indianminiaturepaintings.co.uk Read More
 9 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Senior household servant.
Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya. Calcutta, circa mid-19th century.
Opaque watercolour with bodycolour on paper.
18.5 x 13.5cm

Source: www.indianminiaturepaintings.co.uk Read More