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  • Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company


20 / 12 / 2019
The Wallace Collection, in London, presents a major retrospective of the works of Indian painters that were originally commissioned by officials from the East India Company in the late 18th and 19th Centuries. 

Curated by writer and historian William Dalrymple, in collaboration with Nissen Richards Studio, the exhibition brings together impressive natural studies of flora and fauna, with a special focus on the artists behind them, such as Shaikh Mohammad Amir of Karriah, Sita Ram or Ghulam Ali Khan. 

“The miniaturist art style was brought to India by the Mughal Empire and the training it involved enabled artists to adapt to the later requirements of the science-obsessed English aristocrats and officials of the East India Company, using the modern paper insisted on by the commissioners, whilst still being presented in the Mughal album tradition,” the communication team explains.

The dynamic layout and colour selection developed by Nissen Richards Studio also contributes to the interaction with the visitors. The practice decided to divide into several rooms, creating five thematic showcase areas. “The interiors of the showcases that punctuate the space have been lined in a fabric that suggests the natural textures of silk dupion in bright colours that contrast with the walls.”

For more information, visit Wallace Collection website.
This article is only available in English.
4 December 2019 – 19 April 2020 

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