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Dancing girl on a terrace

  • Description

    In contrast to other works in this exhibition, this painting belongs to the 19th-century Company period, when artists trained in the Mughal tradition now sought patronage with the new British rulers, modifying their art to accord with European tastes. In this sensitive portrait, a Bengal dancing girl stands on a durree spread on the balustraded terrace of a British mansion in Calcutta. She raises her hennaed hand as if in a dance gesture. Nautches or dance performances in the Mughal kathak style had become a popular spectacle among British officials in India by the late 18th century. An English inscription ascribes this work to the well-known artist Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Kurraya (a suburb of Calcutta).

  • Details

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    AsiaIndiaeast IndiaWest Bengal Kolkata (place of creation)
    c. 1845
    Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Kurraya (active c. 1825 - 1850) (artist)
    Material and technique
    watercolour and gouache on paper
    27.7 x 19.5 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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