A group of seven Botanical Watercolours Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805(7)
Lot 101
A group of seven Botanical Watercolours
Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805
(7)
Sold for £ 12,000 (US$ 15,526) inc. premium

Lot Details
A group of seven Botanical Watercolours Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805(7) A group of seven Botanical Watercolours Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805(7) A group of seven Botanical Watercolours Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805(7) A group of seven Botanical Watercolours Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805(7) A group of seven Botanical Watercolours Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805(7)
A group of seven Botanical Watercolours
Company School, Calcutta, circa 1795-1805
watercolour on watermarked paper, numbering and some identifying inscriptions in pencil, framed
530 x 365 mm. and smaller(7)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Formerly with Spink & Son, London.

    One sheet is watermarked indistinctly Edwards & Pine[?]; another (depicting lychees) is watermarked 1795. Those inscribed are: Chakor, Kora, Kavita/Croton tinctorium.

    The present group of watercolours belongs to one or several dispersed albums of botanical paintings, which are considered by some to be the finest speciments of Company School painting. These albums were produced by Indian artists working under the supervision of European patrons, who wished to record the astounding variety of flora and fauna that they encountered or the first time in the tropical climes of the subcontinent. In the 18th Century, famous albums were commissioned by Lady Mary Impey, wife of the Justice of Bengal, Sir Joshua Impey, and Dr James Kerr, Company Surgeon in the Bengal establishment. The period of execution of the current lot is know as on of prolific natural history painting in Calcutta.

    For other examples of similar watercolours, see Mildred Archer, Natural History Drawings in the India Office Library, London, 1962; and Stuart Cary Welch, Room for Wonder: Indian painting during the British period, 1760-1880, New York, 1978, pp. 46-7, no. 12.

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