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Two Marwari camel merchants, Kathiawar (Sind). November 1813

Two Marwari camel merchants, Kathiawar (Sind).  November 1813

Artist: Grindlay, Robert Melville (1786-1877)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: WD2875

Item number: 2875

Length: 25

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and water-colour drawing by Robert Melville Grindlay (1786-1877) of two Marwari camel merchants at Kathiawar in Gujarat, dated November 1813. The drawing is inscribed on the front in ink: 'Marwaree Camel Merchants. Kattywar Novr 1813. R. M. Grindlay.' The figures in this unfinished sketch closely resemble those in 'Scene in Kattiawar, Travellers and Escort', Plate 26 of 'Scenes, Costumes' etc., part V. Grindlay was only seventeen when he arrived in India in 1803. He served with the Bombay Native Infantry from 1804 to 1820 and during this period made a large collection of sketches and drawings. Kathiawar in Gujarat falls between the Gulf of Kachch and the Gulf of Khambat (Cambay) and was part of the Bombay Presidency. Of these camel merchants Grindlay writes: "The progress of their caravans when in motion, and their motley appearance when bivouacked for the night's halt are strikingly picturesque ... the varied figures of the mercantile travellers and their wild military escort, offer some of the richest subjects for the pencil that can be imagined."

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