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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Paraśurāma, on whose forehead is Vaishnava Namam (emblem), is recognizable by the large parashu (axe) resting on his left shoulder, while his right hangs loosely by his side. His bulky figure is enhanced by the shading on his neck, chest and stomach. An angavastra (shawl) is draped over his elbows.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Height: 28.50 centimetres
Width: 23.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dallapiccola 2010:
A noteworthy detail is that the artist has rendered him as a mature person with greying hair, beard and moustache.
The portfolio consists of sixty-three paintings on loose sheets of paper. The series includes images of deities, mendicants and ritual scenes such as a wedding and cremation. Executed on European laid and water-marked paper, with the date 1816 appearing on one sheet, the paintings must have been produced in the immediately following years, c. 1820. There is much use of gold paint and brilliant colours, which is still bright, evidence of the portfolio having been kept closed for long periods since its creation.
- Not on display
- basically good, but bumped at corners and torn at edges.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Formerly in the possession of Edward Moodie's maternal great-uncle, Rupert Richardson-Gardner, who worked in India in the 1930s. However, given the presence of auction room stickers on several of the paintings (one provides the date of the sale – June 15th 1977), it is more likely that the portfolio was acquired by him during his post-war career in Christie’s (he was a specialist in carpets and rugs, but, given his previous career in India, he probably maintained an interest in things Indian which he saw passing through the sale-rooms).
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 60 (top left)
Miscellaneous number: 70 (top right)