• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 45

    KALLIGAT SCHOOL, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Cat with a bird; Fish and a shrimp; and A man and a peacock

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    KALLIGAT SCHOOL, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Cat with a bird; Fish and a shrimp; and A man and a peacock
    pencil, watercolour and ink on buff paper
    the first - 17¾ x 10½ in. (45 x 27 cm.)
    three in the lot (3)


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    Kalligat paintings originated in the 19th century as a souvenir item associated with the Kalligat temple in Calcutta and gradually transformed into a distinguished school of painting of their own. The earliest paintings were made for those visiting the bazaar who wanted Hindu deities, including Krishna, Shiva and, of course, Kali, the mother goddess. Over time, painters embraced a wider range of subjects, including genre scenes and contemporary events. A similar example to the drawing of the cat offered here features in W.G. Archer, Kalighat Paintings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1971, plate 55.

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