Pran Neville on the The company school of painting



The Company School of Painting, or pictures made by artists during the British Raj, refers to the genre of pictures that were specifically commissioned by or made for the John Company officials and other European residents. Pran Nevile gives a vivid account of the socio-cultural practices of the period, replete with rich and rare visuals brought together for the first time in his latest book.

The finest collection of Company style portraits is the Fraser Album discovered in 1979 with family papers in Scotland. With over a hundred water colours the Album portrays a wide range of Indian characters and the pattern of life in Delhi.

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