Staff member from a wealthy European household, Calcutta (Kolkata), studio of Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya - c1840

Medium: Watercolour with white pigment on paper
Shaikh Muhammad Amir and artists employed at his studio to work in the same style are considered to have provided the high point in Anglo-Indian or 'Company School' painting produced in the north-eastern provinces of India during the late 18th to mid-19th centuries. He was prolific in producing paintings for the newly wealthy British inhabitants of Calcutta who were eager to commssion paintings often depicting houses and places of leisure, sometimes including every member of their domestic staff and servants, horses and pets.