Deccan painting, Mysore style Oval portrait of a nawab 1850–60 Place made: Deccan, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, gold Support: paper
Dimensions: image 7.2 h x 5.7 w cm mount 35.4 h x 26.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1394
Subject: Portrait: male
  • acquired in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India, possibly from descendants of the artist, by 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 The Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1927 or 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 confirmed transaction is its purchase by the donor in India in 1927 or 1928. It is known that the donor purchased many works in Ajmer in 1927 or 1928 from the descendants of the artists who created them, and this painting may be one of those. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1927 or 1928.