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Company painting, Murshidabad style A group of skilled craftsmen early 19th century Place made: Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour on paper Support: paper
Dimensions: mount 16.4 h x 21.2 w cm image 15.8 h x 20.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1382
Subject: Workers, skilled
  • With Luzac & Co., London, England, 1952 or before
  • who sold it to Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1952
  • 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, 1952-1953
  • 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 London in 1952. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1952.

This watercolour provides an insight into the stages of production in the creation of a manuscript or album of miniatures. On the right can be seen the maker of the multi-layered paper support, wasli, for paintings and beside him a painter. The border decorators are in the centre and to the left, while seated in the far left is the album binder. This picture illustrates the tradition of skilled craftsmen working collaboratively.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label