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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, (fl. 1830-1850)

    A travelling juggler with his dancing bear, monkey and goat

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    Attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya, (fl. 1830-1850)
    A travelling juggler with his dancing bear, monkey and goat
    with inscription 'Juggler and dancing bear' (lower centre, in the margin)
    pencil, pen and brown and grey ink and watercolour, with gum arabic heightened with touches of white
    7½ x 10 5/8 in. (19.1 x 27 cm.)


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    Muhammad Amir was an influential artist working for the British in Calcutta during the second quarter of the 19th Century. Working at a time of great prosperity, he proffered his talent like a tradesperson, touring Calcutta in search of individual commissions. He delighted his patrons with paintings of their houses, carriages, horses and servants. One of his best clients was the businessman, Thomas Holroyd, for whom he painted many such scenes. The albums executed for Holroyd were presented to the Oriental Club in 1839 and are now dispersed in public and private collections.

    The style and high degree of finish evident in the present watercolour are typical of Muhammad Amir, but the subject matter is less common than the horses, grooms and paddocks for which he is best known. (See S. C. Welch, Room For Wonder: Indian Painting during the British Period 1760-1880, New York, 1978, p. 71, no. 23).

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