Taj Mahal Indian Miniature Company Painting - Original 19th-century watercolour




An original 19th-century watercolour painting, Taj Mahal Indian Miniature Company Painting.

An exquisitely detailed miniature painting of the Taj Mahal front elevation. The Taj Mahal is widely viewed as the best example of Mughal architecture. This front elevation shows the avenue of trees and raised marble water tank in front of the building. The fine detail in the painting records the building's remarkable exterior decorations and striking architectural symmetry. Painted in a topographical linear style, this is likely a Company Painting produced by an Indian artist for a western patron or collector.Laid down on backing paper. This painting is one of a pair.

Unsigned.
Generally in fine condition, there is a faint mark in the sky area as shown.
6.7cm x 9.9cm.
Unframed.

This work forms part of a fascinating collection once owned by a Scottish landed family. The collection evidences connections with a number of aristocratic families, principally that of James Hay Esq (1771-1822) and Lady Mary Ramsay.

The collection includes works by family members, paintings of Scottish country houses, and also pictures from Commonwealth nations, including India, South Africa and St Helena. The family likely had naval and East India Company connections. The variety of pictures in the collection is fascinating, and there is even an original signature by the Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott. The collection was accompanied by photos and ephemera (see photograph) which give an insight into the family’s naval and aristocratic connections.

James Hay was part of the Hay of Pitfour family, Perthshire. He married Lady Mary Ramsay, daughter of the Earl of Dalhousie, Midlothian, and they had twelve children. When Lady Mary Ramsay was prematurely widowed, she and the family lived at Linden Lodge, the gatehouse to Mavisbank House, Midlothian.

The collection includes pictures by members of the Hay family, including Elizabeth Hay (1802-1828), Georgina Christian Hay (b.1810) and William Edmund Hay (b.1805). William Edmund was lieutenant in the European regiment at Bengal, and major of brigade at Agra, which possibly accounts for the Indian pictures in the collection. Two of the Hay children married into Mavisbank: Catherine married Graeme Reid Mercer and Caroline married George Clerk Arbuthnot. A further daughter, Mary, married John Richardson Esq of Pitfour at Dalhousie Grange. The strong and various aristocratic connections in the family accounts for some of the pictures’ subjects: there are intimate paintings of Mavisbank House and Pitfour Castle amongst others.

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Product code: JC-702


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