Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, Culcutta, circa 1845-50 Opaque watercolor on paper; each painting is identified verso in ink and pencil, two pages bear a dated Waterman watermark of 1845 and 1846.; including: The Dhoby or Washerman; The Barber; The Bheeshty or Water Bearer; The Brahminy going for water; The Chobdar or Mace-bearer (who presents the great man with his badge of office); Another Chobdar or Mace-Bearer; The Baboo or Native Gentleman; The Mooshee or Teacher of Languages; The Sircar, or Keeper of Account. Image: 9 x 6 1/4 in. (22.8 x 15.8 cm.)
Shaikh Muhammad Amir came from Karraya, an outlying district of Calcutta, and was the best-known artist working for the British in that city. His career began in the 1830s and his watercolors of the grand buildings of Calcutta, its gardens, animals and servants, were popular commissions from his British patrons, capturing well the elegance of the period.
For comparisons see: Welch, Room for Wonder,1978, no. 24; Archer, Company Drawings in the India Office Library, 1972, cat. no. 28 (no. 61 and 62); Archer, Company Paintings, 1992, nos. 80 and 81; Bonhams, London, April, 10 2008, lots 117 and 118.
Provenance: Estate of Carl S. Dentzel, Los Angeles Acquired prior to 1980
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