north India, India

A woman reading a letter 18th century Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, gold Support: paper
Dimensions: image 13.0 h x 6.5 w cm mount 26.6 h x 15.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1337
  • Bought in Cairo, Egypt, by Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson, Pasha, 1926 or 1940;
  • held in the collection of Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson and Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson, Pasha, both of The Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1926 or 1940-1953;
  • who gave it to the Commonwealth of Australia, 1953;
  • held by National Library of Australia, Canberra, after transfer from London, 1954-1991;
  • transferred to the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1991.
  • The collecting history of this painting is partial. The earliest known transaction is its acquisition by the donor in Egypt in 1926 or 1940. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1926 or 1940.