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Indian Paintings of the British Period in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art

J.P. Losty (Author) Jagdish Mittal (Author)

This exceptionally informative and beautifully illustrated catalogue examines the Museum’s holdings of paintings done in India under the British during the late 18th and 19th centuries in style popularly known as company Painting. The high-commissioned the best examples of these paintings in India routinely took them back to England upon their retirement from service in India Despite that obstacle and the reticence of most Indian collectors of miniature painting to embrace this unique cultural hybrid of India and Europe, Jagdish and Kamla Mittal were attracted by the new vision and innovative subject inherent in this style of painting of India and Europe, and pursued every opportunity to acquire select examples in India that met their high standards of quality. Over decades of collecting, they amassed thirty compelling paintings in this style, all published here for the first time.

J.P. Losty the foremost authority on Anglo-Indian painting, incorporates his latest research into the text, and fleshes out the context and importance of the Museum’s collection of Paintings in this style by other museums and private collections. This catalogue is an indispensable contribution to the study of Indian painting.

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About the authors

J.P. Losty

J.P LOSTY was Head of Visual Arts at the British Library for 34 years until his retirement in 2005. He has published extensively in illustrated Indian manuscripts and paintings in India from the 11th to the 19th centuries.

Jagdish Mittal

Jagdish Mittal, an artist turned art collector and art-historian, is an erudite scholar and a leading authority on India art. He is the Principal Trustee of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museums of India Art, Hyderabad, to which he and his wife, Kamla, gifted their unique art collection in 1976. In 1990, he was awarded the padma Shri by the Government of India. His research articles have been published in prestigious publications. His book Andhra Paintings of the Ramayana was published in 1969 by the Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi, Hyderabad.

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Title Indian Paintings of the British Period in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788190487269
length 126p., 70 Color Illustrations; 11.0 Inch X 9.0 Inch.