Company paintings on Mica. Mid C 19th

Company paintings on Mica. Mid C 19th
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A collection of 23 Company Style Mica Paintings: Company style or Company paintings (kampani kalam in Hindi) was an Indo-European style of painting, produced in India by Indian artists, many of whom worked for European patrons in the British East India Company  or other foreign Companies in India largely from the mid C19th onwards. This gathering of 23 paintings were produced on thin sheets of mica- thought to be imitating the paintings on glass which were very popular in Britain at the time. They were produced for visitors and tourists and were often sent home by East India Company employees. This collection consists largely of portraits of servants ; three are duplicated which provides an interesting way of judging quality control. The paintings are roughly uniform at approx 14 cm x 10 cm with irregular edges. The subjects are as follows: Letter Carrier (2) Female housekeeper with keys, Babu (general factotum) (2), Scribe?, Barber with razor, Letter writer (2) , Clerk with account book, Hookah wallah, Table servant  with Fly whisk, Fabric printer, Tailor, Woman spinning yarn, Dog handler, Man blowing on charcoal brazier, Carpenter, Weaver, Man carrying unidentified object and string, Carrier, Boot cleaner, Sweeper. The mica paintings are fragile, and some have some delaminating and/ or paint loss. We have handled several collections of similar subjects, and they have all been in generally sound condition. Further images of the remaining paintings available by request.

£460.00


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