Hutchisson arrived in Murshidabad in 1835-36 and was the leading European painter in Bengal after George Chinnery, who had left for China in 1825. His work was popular with the local Indian rulers and he made enough money from portrait commissions in Calcutta and Murshidabad to buy two Indigo plantations and live the life of a country squire in colonial India. A portrait of the Nawab of Bengal with his son by Hutchisson is in the British Library. We are grateful to Charles Greig for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
Original canvas partly exposed on lower edge. The paint surface is dirty and would benefit from cleaning but the canvas may need to be re-lined and re-stretched in order to do this. Two clumsy patches on the reverse probably circa 1900 which would need to be re-worked. Patches relate to old damage to the canvas although this is not entirely evident from inspecting the painting from the front. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."