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Company officer receives noblemen on a terrace

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  • Description

    Painted by a Mughal-trained artist in eastern India, this is an unusually large and well observed scene of a high-ranking East India Company officer receiving two local noblemen in a Mughal style hall on a terrace. Wearing a braided green coat, the officer sits in presiding place on a European chair, smoking a hookah on a tripod table. Gardeners tend the vegetable plots below and a water-carrier waters the paths.

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    Associated place
    AsiaIndiaeast IndiaWest Bengal Murshidabad (possible place of creation)
    AsiaIndiaeast IndiaBihar Patna (possible place of creation)
    1760 - 1765
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    East India Company (1600 - 1874) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 65.1 x 50.6 x 1.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 50.8 x 37 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 32 on p. 84, illus. p. 85

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