Six Recruits, folio from the Fraser Album

citation

Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to the family of Ghulam Ali Khan (active 1817–55)
Historical period(s)
1815-1816
School
Company School
Medium
Watercolor, ink and gold on Whatman paper (watermarked 1814)
Dimensions
H x W: 25.3 x 39.4 cm (9 15/16 x 15 1/2 in)
Geography
India, Delhi or Haryana
Credit Line
Purchase
Accession Number
S1999.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album folio with painting

Keywords
India, portrait, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1835
William Fraser (1784-1835), India and Scotland, to 1835 [1]

From 1935 to 1980
The Fraser family, Scotland, by descent from William Fraser, from 1835 to 1980 [2]

1980
Sale, Sotheby's, London, "Fine Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures," July 7, 1980 [3]

To 1999
Francesca Galloway, London, to 1999

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from Francesca Galloway in 1999

Notes:

[1] On July 7, 1980, the sale of "Fine Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures" at Sotheby's, London, included "seventy-seven lots of company drawings and miniatures from the collection of William Fraser (1784-1835)," works that had been in the possession of the Fraser family in Scotland since William Fraser was assassinated in 1835 by Kareem Khan, acting under orders from Shamsud-din, Nawab of Firozpur. William Fraser was the younger brother of the amateur artist James Baillie Fraser, and served in India as a secretary to Sir David Ochterlony and then Mountstuart Elphinstone. A history of the Fraser family, and a thorough discussion of these illustrations, was subsequently published (see Mildred Archer and Toby Falk, India Revealed: the Art and Adventures of James and William Fraser, 1801-35 (London: Cassell, 1989).

"Six Recruits" was included in the sale among forty-five Company school watercolors executed in Delhi and during an expedition by William Fraser (alongside Col. James Skinner) to the Himalayas in 1815-19. Col. Skinner employed the artist Ghulam 'Ali Khan to document the recruits he was gathering to serve among his troops (according to Curatorial Remark 1, Milo C. Beach, January 14, 1999, in the object record). See also, Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Francesca Galloway
James Baillie Fraser 1783 - 1856

Label

Ghulam Ali Khan is widely recognized as the great master among Company School painters. His exceptional rendering and sympathetic characterizations document Indian soldiers not as exotic types but as distinct individuals—from the swaggering Rajput in regimentals (second from left) to the almost fragile youths in village dress.

Published References
  • Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 60B, p. 191.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum