An image of A farmer

Company school

(India late 18th century – late 19th century)

A farmer

Other titles:
A Hindu cultivator, A farmer and his wife
Not on display
Further information

For further details on this genre of painting refer to Mildred Archer, "Company Paintings" (1992), pg.43-66. With the continued decline of India's ruling classes and a shift in the patronage of art, artists of the Mughal/Muslim courts migrated to the new centres of art patronised by the British. Thus the Persian inscription suggests the work of a Muslim artist. Stylistically these paintings conform to the Thanjavur style of Company school painting. (Refer to Chaitanya, 1994, "A History of Indian Painting: the Modern Period", pg.103).

From a series of paintings of castes and their occupations.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 November 1997.

Place of origin
Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu, India
Cultural origin
Company school; probably by a Muslim artist working in Thanjavur.
circa 1800
Painting, Watercolour
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
22.5 x 18.0 cm image; 28.0 x 23.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Mr George Sandwith 1957
Accession number