attributed to Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya (active 1830s–40s)
Illustrated single work
Opaque watercolor on paper
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
W. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1994
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
Many of the East India Company officers who commissioned paintings during the nineteenth century sought a visual record of their own households, including animals, possessions, and servants. Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya specialized in such paintings and depicted these subjects with a naturalism that is both dignified and poetic. In this work the artist has painted a syce, or groom, symmetrically flanked by almost identical horses.
Robert Edward Master, Esq., England; [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 1994; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting," March 25, 1997–July 6, 1997.
Pal, Pratapaditya. Changing Visions, Lasting images: Calcutta Through 300 Years, edited by Pratapaditya Pal. P. Pal. edition ed. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1990. pp. 134-135.
Kossak, Steven M., ed. Indian Court Painting 16th–19th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 81, pp. 130-131, ill. (color).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 287, pp. 342, 402-403, ill. p. 402 (color).