Signed and dated 'Souza 1984’ (lower left)
Acquired directly from the artist
Vinod Bhardwaj, Francis Newton Souza: Dhoomimal Gallery Collection, Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi, p. 237 (illustrated)
Although Souza left India for England in 1949, it is clear from his later drawings that his mind was still occupied with images from the classical era in Indian art. This pen and ink piece shows a harem-like place filled with nudes yet without any seductive features. It gives the impression of a miniature or a classical drawing of a bygone area.