Rajasthan, India

Study of a pigeon 18th century Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour Support: paper
Primary Insc: Inscribed u.l., within image, black ink, in Devanagari script.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed l.r., within image, black ink 'GAP105'; inscribed verso, u.c., blue ink 'a pigeon facing L. / (Wings & background much / repainted. / Bombay 1929'.
Dimensions: image 18.4 h x 23.8 w cm mount 23.3 h x 28.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1363
Subject: Animals Bird
  • Acquired in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1928
  • 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 The Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1928-1953
  • 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 purchase by the donor in India in 1928. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1928.