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Provincial Mughal painting, Bengal style Portrait of a young woman [recto] 1770–80 Description: Portrait of a lady [recto] | illuminated text [verso]
Place made: Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, charcoal, opaque watercolour, gold; siyah qalam (black-brush) Support: paper
Dimensions: image (recto) 6.8 h x 5.8 w cm mount 38.0 h x 25.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1358A
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.