Posted on: 9 March 2014

Passenger in an Ekka by Shiva Lal (circa 1820-80).
Patna, circa mid-19th century.
Watercolour on paper pasted onto later card. 15.7 x 21.2cm

On the back-board of the frame is a hand-written inscription in English: "Indian Ekka painted by Sheev (?) ...Patna" and a printed label: "W G Clark, Picture Seller and Framer, English Gold Work a Speciality, 25 High Street, Guildford".

Shiva Lal was a principal artist of the Patna kalam (school), and one of the most prolific. He sought patronage from the local European gentry, serving them from a shop there.


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