Around the time this watercolour was painted the family had settled in Simla having been in Hungary for almost ten years. During their return trip to India they stopped off in Paris where they admired the masterworks in the Louvre. Once in Simla, Sher-Gil began to take art lessons with the artist Hal Bevan Petman, formerly of the Slade School of Art London. Petman placed an emphasis on drawing and form, that he believed was the basis of all art. Petman sooned realised Sher-Gil was very talented, 'he came to believe that his young pupil was a rather unusual and remarkable person who had it in her to become a real artist if given the requisite freedom.' (Y. Dalmia, Amrita Sher-Gil: A Life, Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2006, p. 18)
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