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Botanical study of a geranium

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  • Description

    By the time of Shah Jahan flowers had become an important painting genre as well as providing the primary motifs in Mughal decorative art. These album studies [LI118.70, LI118.71, LI118.72] show the sensitivity of Mughal botanical painters in interpreting their subjects. The geranium [LI118.70] and dianthus (carnation) [LI118.71] are well observed, with near-symmetrical arrangements of flower-heads or buds. The third study [LI118.72] is an elegant composite plant, with flowers and leaves that do not match. Its flowers are shown opening in stages, from bud to full-blown.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    c. 1630
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 31.4 x 25.4 x 1.5 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 23.5 x 17.8 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. 26 on p. 74, illus. p. 74

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