Patna, Bihar, India
A Gangetic whiting
c. 1780 Description: Drawing
Place made: Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Materials & Technique: drawings, pencil and watercolour on paper Support: paper
Among the earliest natural history pictures produced in India, this is the first known illustration of a Gangetic whiting. Bhawani Das was one of three artists engaged by Lady Mary Impey between 1777 and 1782 to illustrate Indian flora and fauna. On arrival from England, Impey was fascinated by the wildlife of India and created a menagerie in Kolkata (Calcutta). She commissioned over 300 illustrations which are believed to have inspired some of the great British natural history images of the 19th century.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label