A Sikh couple, 1805

A Sikh couple, 1805


Tempera, Tanjore Company School

A3 (297mm x 420mm)
170 gsm illustration printing paper (specially chosen for its excellent anti-aging and anti-yellowing properties)
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This painting by a Tanjore artist shows a Sikh couple from South India at the beginning of the nineteenth century. By the time it was executed, the Singh-Khalsa had travelled the length and breadth of Hindustan, from Delhi to Calcutta and from Hyderabad to Chennai, often as mercenary soldiers. Wherever they went they settled and whenever they married they chose local brides.

The district of Tanjore in Tamil Nadu was ruled by the Marathas until it was ceded to the East India Company in 1799. This painting reflects the manner in which local artists responded to the increasing interest shown by the British in the region’s trades, occupations, customs, castes and religions.

Image credit: © V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum

Print series: Hazoor Sahib

Published in: In the Master's Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib (Vol. 1) by Nidar Singh Nihang & Parmjit Singh