Dr Malini Roy

Malini Roy
Head of Visual Arts
South Asian art and archaeology

Malini Roy is the Head of Visual Arts at the British Library (London) where she works on a range of material types, from Indian miniatures to contemporary photography and sculpture. She received her PhD in art history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London; her doctoral thesis focused on the idiosyncrasies in the late Mughal painting tradition and concentrated on the artist Mihr Chand (fl. c. 1759-86). In 2012, she curated the Library’s exhibition Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire and co-authored the accompanying publication with J.P. Losty. In 2008, she curated and authored, 50 x India: The 50 Most Beautiful Miniatures from the Rijksmuseum.



  • 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.