Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7)
Lot 271
Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7)
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Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7) Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7) Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7) Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7) Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7) Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827(7)
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Seven botanical studies of fruit plants, including pineapple and lychee
Company School, Calcutta, circa 1827
watercolours on paper watermarked Smith & Co 1827, framed
300 x 365 mm.; 290 x 335 mm.; 290 x 380 mm.; 285 x 355 mm.; 298 x 365 mm.; 295 x 375 mm.; 285 x 355 mm.(7)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private UK collection.

    Botanic gardens were established in several places in India by the East India Company. The largest, at Sibpur, on the Hooghly river, outside Calcutta was the residence of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Kyd of the Bengal Infantry (d. 1793). Dr William Roxburgh was another keen botanist who directed the gardens at Samalkot in the Madras Presidency from 1789 to 1793. He also commissioned local artists in Calcutta and the south to paint studies of the plants and flora and by the time of his retirement in 1813 over two thousand pictures had been completed. These are now bound in thirty-five bound volumes and known as the Roxburgh Icones at the Sibpur Herbarium. For comparison see S. C. Welch, Room for Wonder: Indian Painting during the British Period 1760-1880, New York 1978, no. 14.
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