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A Malabar Giant Squirrel (Ratufa Indica) in an Almond Tree, from the Impey Album, signed by Shaykh Zayn al-Din, Company School, Calcutta, dated 1778

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Estimate:

200,000 to - 300,000 GBP

A Malabar Giant Squirrel (Ratufa Indica) in an Almond Tree, from the Impey Album, signed by Shaykh Zayn al-Din, Company School, Calcutta, dated 1778

A Malabar Giant Squirrel (Ratufa Indica) in an Almond Tree, from the Impey Album, signed by Shaykh Zayn al-Din, Company School, Calcutta, dated 1778

Estimate:

200,000 to - 300,000 GBP

Lot sold:

620,000

GBP

pen and ink, watercolour with gum arabic, heightened with bodycolour, on 'J Whatman' watermarked paper, inscribed and dated at lower left ''Mountain Rat/ Hindoostaunee Almond/ In the Collection of Lady Impey in Calcutta/ Painted by (in nasta'liq script, Zayn al-Din) Native of Patna 1778'', with further Urdu inscription in nasta'liq script at lower left ''ghua(?)/ pahari chuha/ darakht-e badam-e hindi'', the reverse bearing the stamp of Sir Elijah Impey


image: 53.1 by 74.7 cm. (20 ⅞ by 29 ⅜ in.); sheet: 63.6 by 87.2 cm. (25 by 34 ⅜ in.)

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Sir Elijah Impey (1732-1809) and Lady Impey (1749-1818)
His estate sale, Phillips, New Bond Street, London, 21 May 1810  
The Property of the Linnean Society of London, bequeathed by Mrs Sarah Impey in 1855
Sotheby's, London, 10 June 1963, lot 9
Edwin Binney, 3rd, San Diego (1925-86)
Private collection, Switzerland
Mildred and W.G. Archer, Indian Painting for the British 1770-1880, Oxford, 1955, pl.21, fig.45
Stuart Cary Welch, Room for Wonder, Indian Painting during the British Period 1760-1880, American Federation of Arts, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1978, p.36, no.6
William Dalrymple, ed., Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, The Wallace Collection, exhibition catalogue, London, 2019, no.15
Room for Wonder, Indian Painting during the British Period 1760-1880, The Asia Society, New York; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; The Art Institute, Detroit, 1978
Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, The Wallace Collection, London, 3 December 2019 - 13 September 2020