Indian Painting on Mica, Mid-19th Century
Indian painting on mica, mid-19th Century, mounted on a paper leaf, depicting a scene titled 'A Rajahs Cavalcade', dimensions: 7.5cm x 11cm; condition: piece re-stuck to bottom left corner, crack to top right corner. Originally part of a leather bound album containing fourteen Indian paintings. 'Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East India Company. They represent a fusion of traditional Indian artistic styles with conventions and technical features borrowed from western art. Some Company paintings were specially commissioned, while others were virtually mass-produced and could be purchased in bazaars.