Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (2 February-22 April 2012 ), National Museum, Cardiff (27 July - 3 November 2013), Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (21 February - 21 June 2015)
This highly decorative drawing was produced in one of the provincial courts of India and follows a Mughal and Deccani aesthetic that has its origins in earlier Persian brush drawings (see Welch 2004, no.1). Like the earlier Persian examples this drawing was possibly made as a working sketch or cartoon that would have either been incorporated into a finished painting or used for the decoration of bookbindings, metalwork and textiles. The designs for textiles and costumes favoured floral and vegetal scrolls such as this. Here the floral rosettes and palmettes of the earlier prototype have been replaced with interlocking ribbon scrolls issuing recognisable flowerheads. Interestingly the naturalistic treatment of the flowerheads is similar to contemporaneous flower paintings produced by the artists of the Persian Zand and Qajar courts (ibid. pp.75-76).
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