Company School (Scope note)

This term refers to a wide range of drawings and paintings created by South Asian artists that were commissioned by European patrons, or intended for a European market. The subject matter is frequently descriptive of the ‘Indian Scene’ and prepared in sets or albums. Works can be attributed to a variety of sub-styles dependent on the artists’ regional training. The works often incorporate stylistic traits from both the South Asian and European traditions prevalent and popular in the region in the 18th and 19th centuries.