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The Tomb of Nathar Shah near Trichinopoly

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: India
    City: New Delhi
    Place: British High Commission
  • About the artist
    Francis Swain Ward was born in Surrey, the son of a landowner. He trained as a landscape painter but joined the East India Company in 1757. As a young lieutenant he resigned after being overlooked for promotion. He returned to England and exhibited with the Society of Artists between 1765 and 1773, but later approached the Company wishing to rejoin and, after some hesitation, was accepted. While in England, Ward had produced a series of Indian landscape paintings, which he presented to the Company. The works were displayed in the Company’s London headquarters, East India House. Ward retired as a lieutenant-colonel in 1787. He illustrated William Orme’s ‘Twenty-four Views in Hindustan’ (1805) shortly before his death in Negatapam, India.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Tomb of Nathar Shah near Trichinopoly
    Date
    1782
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 53.00 cm, width: 76.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Gooden & Fox, July 1965
    Inscription
    Signed and dated 1782 verso before relining.
    Provenance
    With Appleby Bros., London; from whom purchased by Gooden & Fox, London, in November 1964; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in July 1965
    GAC number
    7073