Mar 24, 2014

Man Dyeing Cloth

Man Dyeing Cloth

early 1830s

Gum tempera and ink on paper

Overall: 22.2 x 15.9 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 1992.142



Members of the British East India Company, largely merchants themselves, collected picture books that were compendiums of Indian professions and occupations, made by a new class of commercial Indian artists. They often emphasized the exotic and primitive aspects of life in India, such as the turbaned, pajama-clad man, squatting on the ground with a blank expression, making dye and hand-coloring strips of cloth using simple terracotta vessels.

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