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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 320

    Lucknow School, circa 1790-1800

    A nautch girl at her toilette with her attendant

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    Lucknow School, circa 1790-1800
    A nautch girl at her toilette with her attendant
    with inscription 'A Hindoo Lady/has just been bathing/is attended by her servt/with Rose water, perfumes ETC' (on the reverse)
    pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour and gold
    13¾ x 8 7/8 in. (35 x 22.6 cm.)


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    Dated 1790-1800 this painting is transitional in its style between the late Mughal school at Lucknow and the emerging 'Company' Lucknow school. The noblewoman's iconography is traditional, but she and her companion's clothes are painted in a looser and freer technique.

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