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A Lineated barbet, Megalaima lineate, on a juniper Tree
India UNIQUE INDIAN WATERCOLOR FROM THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT IMPEY COLLECTION Pencil, pen and ink and watercolor with gum arabic, heightened with touches of white Paper size: 20 7/8" x 27 3/8"; frame size: 30 3/4" x 37 1/8" Inscribed: Honest Face/ In the Collection of Lady Impey in Calcutta/ Painted by [Shaikh Zayn-al-Din] Native of Patna 1778 (lower left) and further inscribed in Urdu and Persian (lower left) and numbered 58 (upper left) Provenance: Sir Elijah and Lady Impey During the years that Sir Elijah Impey (1732-1809) and his wife Mary spent in India, they commissioned a unique and highly important collection of original Indian artwork. In 1774, Sir Elijah was appointed the first Chief Justice in Bengal, as a result of the new Regulating Act which required the establishment of law courts in Calcutta. While he set about collecting Indian and Persian manuscripts and miniatures, his wife Mary, bound to the home by family duties and frequent childbirth, established a menagerie in the grounds of their Calcutta house. Recognizing a profound level of talent in several Indian artists, she employed at least three to paint the striking, exotic flora and fauna in her garden. Foremost among these artists were Shaikh Zayn-al-Din (fl. 1777-1782) and Ram Das (fl. 1777-1782). Both artists were trained in the Mughal tradition of the Persian court painters, and their work demonstrates outstanding talent for capturing detail and color. . Book.
      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries]
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