Company Painting

‘Company painting’ is a broad term for a variety of hybrid styles that developed as a result of European (especially British) influence on Indian artists from the early 18th to the 19th centuries. It evolved as a way of providing paintings that would appeal to European patrons who found the purely indigenous styles not to their taste. As many of these patrons worked for the various East India companies, the painting style came to be associated with the name, although it was in fact also used for paintings produced for local rulers and other Indian patrons. The subject matter of company paintings made for western patrons was often documentary rather than imaginative, and as a consequence, the Indian artists were required to adopt a more naturalistic approach to painting than had traditionally been usual. Europeans commissioned sets of images depicting festivals and scenes from Indian life or albums illustrating the various castes and occupations, as well as the architecture, plants and animals of the sub-continent. While most of the works were painted on paper, there was also a fashion for images of Mughal monuments and Mughal rulers and their wives painted on small plaques of ivory. This increased use of western approaches to painting coincided with the later phases of local painting styles, as manifested in centres such as Lucknow, Murshidabad and Delhi in North India and Mysore and Thanjavur in the South.

Currently On Auctions

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Company Painting

Woman with a pot
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Courtesan
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Vaishnava mendicant
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Arab woman
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Muslim fakir
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Rajput warrior
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Courtesan
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Holy water seller
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Mughal nobleman
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )
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Company Painting

Woman musician
Starting Bid: $ 500
Estimate: US$ 600 - 900
South Asian Art ( 10 May - 14 May, 2018 )

Past Auctions

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Company Painting

Raja Chitter Sen
Winning Bid: $ 1,500
Estimate: US$ 1,000 - 1,500
South Asian Art ( 26 October - 30 October, 2017 )
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Company Painting

Nawab Husayn Quli Khan
Winning Bid: $ 1,500
Estimate: US$ 1,000 - 1,500
South Asian Art ( 26 October - 30 October, 2017 )
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Company Painting

Muslim divine praying at a mosque in Trichinopoly
Winning Bid: $ 1,000
Estimate: US$ 1,000 - 1,500
South Asian Art ( 23 March - 27 March, 2017 )
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Company Painting

Acrobats
Winning Bid: $ 900
Estimate: US$ 1,000 - 1,500
South Asian Art ( 23 March - 27 March, 2017 )
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Company Painting

A Shri-Vaishnava Brahmin and his wife
Winning Bid: $ 900
Estimate: US$ 1,000 - 1,500
South Asian Art ( 23 March - 27 March, 2017 )