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A merchant and his wife

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This is a page from the Boileau Album. The album contains 42 Company paintings probably made by an artist from Thanjavur (Tanjore) living in Madras. Painting in Madras at this early period appears to have been linked mainly to individual patronage. John Peter Boileau commissioned this album. Boileau, whose ancestors were French, served as a member of the Madras Civil Service from 1765 to 1785. He probably had the album made to take back home to England when he retired.

  • Physical description

    A merchant and his wife. The man is eating pan. On the ground, scales and weights.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    N.6 banion Cast
    Inscription; Decoration; English; Roman

  • Dimensions

    Height: 36.8 cm, Width: 27 cm Taken from Arts of India 1550-1900

  • Descriptive line

    Paintings; Watercolour on English paper, A merchant and his wife, Madras, ca. 1785

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
    Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 36 p. ISBN 0944142303

  • Collection code

    South & South East Asia Collection