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Indian Life and People in The 19th Century: Company Paintings in The Tapi Collection

J.P. Losty (Author)

Defining a distinct style of painting produced in India during the British period and influenced by European artistic norms, this catalogue of Company Paintings in the TAPI (Textiles and Art of the People of India) Collection is a unique illustration of the social milieu prevailing in India in the nineteenth century. Tracing the origins and evolution of this genre of painting, the volume shines a fresh beam on subjects commissioned to be painted by officials of the East India Company, such as occupations, customs, dress, bazaars, festivals and daily life of ordinary people, a world removed from the elite and princely environment that were the chosen subjects of Indian miniature artists. The catalogue of the TAPI Collection of Company Paintings highlights works from the major regions where such paintings were produced - Murshidabad, Calcutta, Patna, Lucknow, Delhi, Punjab, Kutch, Tanjore, Trichinopoly, Madras, Kerala and the Andhra Coast. It comprises a rich and accurate record of the diverse modes of dress and manners of the people before the advent of photography. This catalogue documents the first-ever exhibition on the subject to be held in India, being a collaboration between TAPI and CSMVS (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India).

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About the author

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.

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Title Indian Life and People in The 19th Century: Company Paintings in The Tapi Collection
Author J.P. Losty
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 8193860810, 9788193860816
length 200p., Full of Col; Illus; Bib; 28cm.