Indian art during British - - - After their arrival in India, the British puzzled the local artists. This bemusement resulted in some bizarre images, including a minor genre of paintings. Though images of Europeans were popular in 18th century Mewar, but the Indian artists who drew these subjects were not always kind to them. This painter was downright devilish. On the left, two long-nosed, leering men huddle together, one wearing an English-style wig and smoking a pipe. A child and a dog seem, oddly, to be climbing up the second man, who has lost both his wig and his dignity. The bony figure on the right seems to be giving a tremendous shriek through his toothy mouth; a snake has wound around his neck and bites his chin! Miniature animals prowl and play on the carpet-but are they alive or are they woven into the design? The scene is a fantastic concoction of elements copied from different European sources, quite possibly including the satirical engravings of the English artist William Hogarth.
A European Concoction, c 1760. #artsoullifemagazine #artmagazine #art #britishera #mewar #williamhogarth