View on the Ganges with a large monastic building above a ghat and a small mosque beyond, with Hindu flag poles amongst the trees
Watercolour of a view on the river Ganges, by an anonymous artist working in the Murshidabad style, part of the Hyde Collection, c. 1790-1800. Inscribed on the back in ink: 'A View on the Ganges and Faqueers' Takoor Dwarra.'
The East India Company was founded in 1600 and in the 17th and 18th centuries it became one of the most powerful trading companies in the world. Its influence on Indian culture was far-reaching. 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. This drawing depicts a large monastic building above a ghat and a small mosque beyond. Hindu flag poles can be seen amongst the trees and country boats are on the river.