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Lindsay Burns & Company

Indian Company School Paintings in Trunk sell for over £100,000

The group of ten drawings were found in the bottom of a trunk by Lindsay Burns & Company when called in to assist with the process of 'downsizing' by a private client. The vendors family had family connections to the British East India Company and The Indian Civil Service, where one member of the family was the Private Sectretary to The Govenor General of India in the early 19th century. The watercolours dating from 1801-1813, each one had a watermarked date, depicted scenes of tombs and temples such as Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb, The Taj Mahal, Mootee Musjid and details of Acbars Tomb and Emperors Tomb. They were painted by Indian artists patronised by the British, who as they travelled through Indian for the first time wanted to capture these views and have something to take or send home. The works produced by these Indian artists were very much painted in the European taste and are characterized by their use of watercolour, linear perspective and shading. This type of work is generally referred to as 'Company School'. 

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