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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. The painting depicts a Hindu wedding taking place in a large pandal covered with matting, with a smaller pandal placed inside. The bride and groom sit opposite each other within the smaller structure and are surrounded by women. Outside the pandal, on a carpeted area, are six Brahmins and two turbans men facing fifteen other men.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Height: 23.80 centimetres
Height: 29 centimetres
Width: 23.50 centimetres (size of page)
Width: 18.80 centimetres (size of the drawings)
- Curator's comments
- Dallapiccola 2010:
The painting consists dominated by a large pandal covered with matting whose edges are embellished by a fluttering curtain, whose front posts are decorated with plantain stems with the typical flower and small bananas. A smaller pandal decorated with plantain stems and with floral wreaths hanging from the edge of its roof is placed inside the larger one. Opposite one another, bride and groom, sit in this smaller structure, surrounded by a group of women. A large number of ritual implements are strewn in front of them: pots, lamps of various shapes, trays with offerings, five small containers with sprouting plants, and the pit with the consecrated fire. At the centre of this sacred area is a tall pole decorated with floral wreaths and leaves. The groom is shown tying the thali on the bride's neck. She is dressed in a red sari, while the groom is dressed in a white dhoti with a red border an angavastra in the same colours, and wears a turban. Both bride and groom are covered in ornaments. The officiating Brahmin sits on a wooden plank. His hair is shaved but for a small tuft at the back of his head, on his forehead and body are tripundra marks, a yajnopavita hangs across his chest and on his right hand is a conspicuous ring of kusha grass. Outside the pandal, seated on a carpet with floral designs, are a group of six Brahmins and two turbaned men. Facing them sit further fifteen men dressed in dhoti, jacket, angavastra and turbans. Placed beside them are trays with pan, attar in an elegant flask, and other objects. Seated on a striped dhurrie on the foreground are musicians and two female singers.
The portfolio is 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
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- Acquisition notes
- Formerly in the possession of the last owner’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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