Into India

In the Company Manner

Indian-British Painting for the Merchant Class.

By the middle of the eighteenth century, in the wake of a devastating attack on the imperial Mughal center at Delhi, British merchant families of the East India Company began to employ Indian artists to paint the remarkable flora, fauna, and landscapes of India as souvenirs they would bring back to England. These “Company School” paintings, often large in scale, were in a distinctly more European style, showcasing these artists’ remarkable ability to adapt to foreign tastes yet again.

A Cobra (Maja tripudians) with Hood Spread.

A Cobra (Maja tripudians) with Hood Spread.
From the Nathaniel Rind Album

Calcutta, India, 1785-1789.
Opaque watercolor on paper.
65.5 x 45.2 cm
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. 1990.1361.

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