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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 314

    Tanjore School, circa 1830

    Studies of toddy drawers, tyremen and fishermen

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    Tanjore School, circa 1830
    Studies of toddy drawers, tyremen and fishermen
    with inscription 'Tyre-man, Toddy Drawer/(Toddy) The juice of the Palmyra Tree, Fisherman' (lower centre)
    pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour with gum arabic, heightened with touches of bodycolour and gold, watermark 'WHATMAN'
    13¾ x 20¼ in. (35 x 51.5 cm.)

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    The Tanjore School artists had migrated all over the south of India by the 1820s, and produced their best work in Madras and Vellore. They excelled in the depiction of textiles and volumetric figures. The albums produced normally showed three couples per page, as in the present watercolour.

    An album of drawings, some showing three castes and occupations on each sheet, dated circa 1828, is in the India Office Library. Fig. 1 shows dancing girls and musicians, from this album (see M. Archer, Company Drawings in the India Offica Library, London, 1972, pp. 36). The present watercolour also relates to an album in the Victoria & Albert Museum (see M. Archer, Company Painting: Indian Paintings of the British Period, London, 1992, p. 60, nos. 26 (15 & 17)).

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