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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Painting on two sheets of paper that have been taped together, depicting a Hindu wedding procession. The procession includes flag bearers followed by elephants and a chariot drawn probably by a bullock. Musicians, dancers and attendants holding flowers accompany the bride and groom. The groom rides a white horse and the bride and her father follow in a palanquin.
- 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:
A wedding procession progresses along a road skirted by low buildings and trees. The small niches for the lamps on the houses' walls and flanking their entrances, the verandahs and the steps leading to them have been rendered with great precision. In the foreground the procession headed by a flag bearer on foot. He is followed by an elephant carrying the mahout and a man bearing a banner with the image of a ploughshare. A second elephant carries two men seated in a howdah. Between the two elephants, is a chariot drawn probably by a bullock, with pipers and drummers sitting on it. Walking alongside the chariot are men armed with long spears. At a short distance the groom on horse follows, led by an attendant, flanked by a bearer carrying an insignia and two further attendants. Behind the groom and his retinue, the bride and her father sit in a palanquin carried by four men. Male attendants with insignias and umbrellas, and female attendants walk alongside the palanquin, followed by a posse of musicians, bearers of floral arrangements, and by a covered chariot drawn by bullocks. Musicians, a drummer seated on a bullock, and yet another riding on a camel, dancing girls, guests and passers by throng the foreground.
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
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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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