Indian Company Paintings

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These exquisite Indian miniatures dating from 1793 are beautiful examples of Company paintings. Such paintings are an enduring record of a particular time in Indian history, when the tastes of Western patrons (particularly those of the British East India Company) were influencing Indian artists. Traditional elements from Rajput and Mughal painting were given a more ‘western’ appearance through use of perspective and rounded modelling, resulting in a unique hybrid style. These vibrant paintings depict an array of lively scenes from Indian life, featuring troupes of dancers and musicians; village life with meat sellers and knife grinders; and elegantly dressed Mughal gentlemen and elaborately decorated ladies.