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Painted Photos

The Foundation’s collection holds many images representing the development of the embellished image in India through the painted photograph, a genre that marked a significant chapter in the history of Indian photography. A crucial embodiment of the colonial encounter, these images abet the notion of modernism in visual practice at the turn of the 19th century.

The collection comprises of an extensive range of painted portraits in the form of loose prints, albums, cabinet cards and carte-de-visites. These include works from several royal principalities located between north and central India, primarily Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Along with this, it also includes images of commercial photographic studios in Bombay and Calcutta. Ranging from aspects of kingship to modes of art practice, these images highlight a unique facet of the British Raj from the 1860s to the 1940s.

  • P. Metzker, Poona and Secunderabad, A Parsi Lady, Gelatin Silver Print and Watercolour, c. 1920-1940, 372 x 291 mm, ACP: 98.58.0005
  • Rajputana Photo Art Studio; Unknown Artist, Portrait of an Indian Prince wearing a Wedding sehra (headgear), Gelatin Silver Print and Watercolour, c. 1920-1940, 367 x 282 mm, ACP: D2003.08.0014
  • Unknown Photographer & Artist, Nawab Zorawar Khan of Kanota, Gelatin Silver Print and Watercolour, 1890s, 250 x 298 mm, ACP: 98.83.0187
  • Unknown Photographer & Artist,  Family Portrait, Gelatin Silver Print and Oil Paint, c. 1920-1940, 345 x 408 mm, ACP: 98.83.0162
  • Bourne & Shepherd, Photographers to H.E. The Viceroy, Calcutta; D.L. Udaipur, Mewar, Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur (1849-1930), Platinum Print and Oil Paint, c. 1876-1900, 534 x 411 mm, ACP: D2007.01.0012
  • Tak Brothers, State Photo-Artist, Jodhpur, A Nepalese Princess, Gelatin Silver Print and Oil Paint, c.1900-1910, 590 x 454 mm, ACP: 2008.02.0219