Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Margins: Gold on dyed paper
10 x 15 1/2in. (25.4 x 39.4cm)
Gift of Dr. Julius Hoffman, 1909
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
The style of this Company painting is very similar to that of a series of pictures commissioned by two Scottish brothers named Fraser who were resident in India during the first half of the nineteenth century. Among the Fraser pictures are studies of villagers painted from life. One folio in the so-called Fraser Album includes the same figure of a Burmese nobleman, perhaps the ambassador to Delhi, seen in the center of the Museum's picture; here this figure has been reversed by pouncing. The Delhi Fort is visible in the distant background.
Dr. Julius Hoffman, New York (until 1909; gifted to MMA)
Zurich. Museum Rietberg. "Wonder of the Age: Master painters of India, 1100–1900," April 30, 2011–August 21, 2011.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Wonder of the Age: Master painters of India, 1100–1900," September 28, 2011–January 8, 2012.
Guy, John, and Jorrit Britschgi. Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India 1100–1900. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 103, pp. 190, 192, ill. p. 192 (color).