Christopher Oldfield's house at Maidapur (Bengal)
Watercolour of Christopher Oldfield's house at Maidapur in West Bengal, by an anonymous artist working in the Murshidabad style, c. 1790-1800. Inscribed on back in pencil: 'North View of Mr. Oldfield's House Moidapore.'
Christopher Oldfield was the Collector of Murshidabad from 1793-98, and a judge for the Court of Appeal from 1802 until he died in 1808. Company painting first emerged in Murshidabad in the second half of the 18th century. It is a style of miniature painting that developed in response to the tastes and influences of the British serving with the East India Company. The style subsequently spread to other British centres, the most notable being Patna, Benares (Varanasi), Delhi and Lucknow.