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Harkarah with a letter

Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, Indian, b. 19th century

Creation date: ca. 1846
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1388
State/Province: West Bengal
Dimensions: 10 5/8 in. x 8 9/32 in. (27 cm x 21 cm)


William George Archer, London, England ( - July 3, 1969)

Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, England ( - )

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (July 3, 1969 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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February 2008
Nandalal Bose Exhibition
Company School painting flourished in Calcutta, where displaced painters from declining provincial courts sought new patrons. Their expertise in producing miniature paintings equipped them with skills to adapt to European conventions as well as meet the British patrons’ penchant for precision and details. In this example the distinctive belt and sash and the shading on various parts of the robe convey a sense of volume and dimensionality. After photography emerged in the late 1840s, Company School painters gradually fell out of demand in the image-making market. Photographs provided even more precise documents for British patrons who wished to understand the land and people of the new colony.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Pramod Chandra and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Rhythms of India: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2008
Page Number: 29, 31, Figure Number: 9

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