A painting of The Bather Lucknow or Calcutta, 18th century
Lot 112
A painting of The Bather
Lucknow or Calcutta, 18th century
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
£7,500 - 11,000

Lot Details
A painting of The Bather
Lucknow or Calcutta, 18th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper.
Image: 9 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. (23.8 x 15.5 cm);
Folio: 10 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (27.3 x 19.3 cm)

Footnotes

  • We peek at a beautiful young woman after bathing, her hand reaching for the comb to straighten her long hair. Despite her bare breasts, it is her deep blue Kashmiri shawl that is most alluring; draped in sumptuous folds across her thighs and hung over her left arm, the slight gap between its floral trim entices the imagination.

    The painting is a later version of one published in Patnaik, A Second Paradise, New York, 1985, no. 16. This is a subject rooted in Mughal, Rajput and Pahari miniatures, but now appearing in very different surroundings, emblematic of a culture that favors precision and order. She is perfectly arranged between two Corinthian columns that create the illusion of depth. Foreground and background emphasize symmetry, and her accouterments are neatly balanced upon the Georgian Anglo-Indian stand. Meanwhile, above her, by the crown molding, a series of paintings juxtapose further Indian beauties with cavalry charges and scenes of British industry and masculinity.

    Provenance
    Simon Ray, Ltd, London, 2010
    Private Collection, Texas
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