- Museum number
- Series: Indian Drawings
Composite image of a camel; single-page painting mounted in an album. A composite image formed by various animals, including an elephant, a lion and a monkey, depicting a camel. Inscribed. Album contains 60 Indian drawings and paintings.
Ink and wash on paper. Album bound in black leather with pages of European paper, watermarked 1799.
- Production date
Height: 9.40 centimetres (drawing)
Height: 34 centimetres (manuscript)
Height: 32.70 centimetres (page)
Thickness: 2.90 centimetres (manuscript)
Width: 6.50 centimetres (drawing)
Width: 22 centimetres (manuscript)
Width: 19.60 centimetres (page)
- Curator's comments
A fabulous camel
India, Mughal style, late 18th century
Opaque watercolour and ink on paper
The camel in this drawing is comprised of a multitude of animals including lions, hares, an elephant, a monkey, a blackbuck, a cow, and a fish.
This album of real and fantastic animals was probably compiled by an anonymous European visitor to India in the 18th century. The inscription above the camel reads, 'A Camel comprised of all kinds of animals by a sorceress who intends it for her own riding'.
See 1920,0917,0.11.1-.62 for all folios included in this album.
See 1920,0917,0.11.1 for spine and front matter inscriptions.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 14 Apr-5 Nov, BM, Gallery 34, 'Fantastic Creatures'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Middle East
- Registration number