Dr Malini Roy

Malini Roy
Head of Visual Arts
Indian paintings

I am an art historian with a particular interest in late 17th and 18th century Indian painting. Interests include: Mughal and provincial painting, art for the East India Company, and British artists in India. I recently curated the British Library’s 2012 exhibition Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire and co-authored the accompanying publication.



  • Art in time: a world history of styles and movements, Phaidon Press, London, 2014 [co-authored with G. A. Bailey et al]
  • The Mughals: Life, Art and Culture, Roli Books, Delhi 2013 [co-authored with J.P. Losty et al]
  • Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire, British Library, London, 2012 [with J.P. Losty]
  • 50 x India: The 50 Most Beautiful Miniatures from the Rijksmuseum, Nieuw Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2008


  • ‘Historical portraits of Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir I (1618-1707)’, in A. Ohta, M. Rogers and R. W. Haddon (ed.) Art, Trade and Culture in the Islamic World and Beyond: From the Fatimids to the Mughals, Gingko Press, London, 2016, 232-39.
  • ‘Some Unexpected Sources for Paintings by the Artist Mihr Chand (fl. c. 1759-86), son of Ganga Ram’ in South Asian Studies, Vol. 26, Issue 1, pp. 21-29, 2010.
  • ‘Origins of the Late Mughal Painting Tradition in Awadh’ in S. Markel and B. Gude (ed.) India’s Fabled City: the Art of Courtly Lucknow, Prestel, Los Angeles, 2010
  • ‘The Revival of the Mughal Painting Tradition during the Reign of Muhammad Shah’ in W. Dalrymple and Y. Sharma (ed.) Princes and Painters: in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2012

Book reviews

  • ‘J.P. Losty, Delhi 360°: Mazhar Ali Khan's View from the Lahore Gate, 2012,’ Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 28, Issue 2, 2012
  • ‘J.P. Losty (ed.) Delhi: Red Fort to Raisina, 2012,’ Journal of South Asian  Studies, Vol. 28, Issue 2, 2012
  • ‘S. P. Verma, Painting the Mughal Experience,’ Journal of South Asian Studies Vol. 22: 2006

Electronic publications


Visual arts

Our visual arts collections include paintings, drawings, prints and photographs.