Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company
Opening date: Dec 4, 2019
Closing date: Apr 19, 2020
Location: Wallace Collection
Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
Stunning, surprising, vivaciously colourful works of art offer, for the first time in London, a peek at Anglo-Indian culture, through a reflection on the beauty of the natural world and the social realities of the time. Until April 19th, the Wallace Collection hosts the masterpieces commissioned to Indian painters between the XVIII and the XIX Century by functionaries of the East India Company. Judges and botanists, diplomats and governors making their way through India, for pleasure or learning, enthusiast to discover, through art and culture, the history of the Country. The Indian painters who created these works, while long forgotten, are at the centre of an itinerary which retraces the fascinating history of the artistic collection of the British East India Company. Next to the bewitching works of Shaikh Zain ud-Din, Bhawani Das, Shaikh Mohammad Amir, to mention a few of the artists on display, the visitors will also find a Mughal dagger, now part of the Wallace Collection, belonging to Claude Martin, a functionary of the company that commissioned Indian artists to create works depicting the Country’s flora and fauna.