Asian Lesser False Vampire Bat

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Historical period(s)
ca. 1790
School
Company School
Medium
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 41.9 x 52.1 cm (16 1/2 x 20 1/2 in)
Geography
India, East India, West Bengal, Kolkata (Calcutta)
Credit Line
Purchase
Accession Number
S1993.40
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album folio

Keywords
bat, India, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Sotheby's
Andrew Kahane, Ltd. Oriental Art
Major James Nathaniel Rind English, active in India, died 1814

Label

For the British men and women who went to India, the study of natural history was both scientific inquiry and fashionable pastime. They trained Indian artists, often skilled court painters seeking new patronage, to record the country's flora and fauna with scientific precision.
The elegantly composed watercolor of a bat was commissioned by Major James Nathaniel Rind (died 1814) of the Eighteenth Native Infantry. The artist, whose name is unknown, masterfully captured the bat's downy fur and delicate veins as he transformed the Asian false vampire bat's fierce appearance into one of quite charming appeal.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p. 89.
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 59, p. 189.
  • Lot 169.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum