Unskilled Indian labourer

Description
An unskilled Indian labourer was once referred to as cooly or coolie. This painting is part of a collection of Indian drawings depicting Indian plants, people, animals and objects.

Company School style paintings became popular with wealthy Europeans. It was not uncommon for East India Company officials (who were not employed as medics or botanists) to build their own personal collections of paintings depicting Indian life and flora and fauna. We cannot be sure how local amateur botanist Richard Cresswell came by this collection of 86 Company School works. It is possible Henry Creighton commissioned them during his time as a judge in Calcutta and that on his death the works came back to the UK with his daughter Frances who later married Richard Cresswell.
Accession Loan No.
19/1927/2/90
Collection Class
Drawings
Medium
watercolour on paper
Common Name
unskilled Indian labourer
Simple Name
drawing
Full Name
A Cooly
Dimensions
total sheet H 298 mm; total sheet length 480 mm
Production Person Surname
anon
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Production Year Low
1780
Production Year High
1810
Production Town
Calcutta
Production County
Bengal
Production Country
India
Production Area Region
South Asia
Production Continent
Asia
Family Group

Inscription / Transcription
HERB. MUS. EXON CRESSWELL COLLECTION 19/1927; No 90; A Cooly

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