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Six Villagers in a Landscape

ca. 1815-1820

One of the most important sets of Company paintings was commissioned between 1815 and 1820 by the Scottish brothers William and James Fraser from painters still to be definitively identified. The figures portrayed belonged to the brothers’ retinue and their names are often given. In this case, simple and dignified villagers are superbly depicted with the realism of a master of portraiture and present an empathic image of the Indian population of the 19th century. To a certain extent, these works were a foretaste of the photographic portraits of half a century later, which finally marked the end of this pictorial genre.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Title: Six Villagers in a Landscape
Geography: Delhi, India
Date: ca. 1815-1820
Medium: opaque watercolour with gold on paper
Classification: miniature
Dimensions: 29.7 x 41.5 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2012.111
Contact for images: [email protected]
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