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north India, India

Todi ragini [Todi ragini: a girl playing the vina (lute) to deer] late 18th century Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, gold; siyah qalam (black-brush) Support: paper
Dimensions: image 14.3 h x 7.5 w cm mount 16.8 h x 10.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1356
Subject: Ragamala painting
Provenance:
  • Acquired in India by a collector named Fadnis (alternatively spelled Phadanavis or Furnuwees), mid-1800s or before
  • by descent to his great-grandson B.M. Fadnis, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • who sold it to Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1927
  • exported from India by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1930
  • held in the collection of Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson and Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson, Pasha, both of Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1927–1953
  • 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. Its whereabouts are unknown between its creation and entering the Fadnis Collection in the mid-1800s or before. The earliest confirmed transaction is its purchase by the donor in India in 1927.