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From a series depicting castes and occupations: blacksmiths at work. Early Anglo-Indian or "Company School" at Tanjore, circa 1770-80. Attached cover sheet of watermarked paper with identifying inscription in English. Opaque watercolour with on wasli. 21.5 x 31.5cm.
This painting is from a series illustrating castes and occupations made in what is now known as Thanjavur for the English and other foreigners as souvenirs of "the exotic Orient". According to Mildred Archer the style represents an early stage in Company School or Anglo-Indian painting at Tanjore.
Anna Dallapiccola has more recently in 2010 dated paintings bearing close comparison to 1770-80. Dallapiccola uses an illustration of an identical composition the only significant differences being borders of black with a meandering motif, and condition - the illustrated one being rather stained.
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