The Collection displays glass paintings of Chinese, Dutch, French styles and the indigenous styles of Maharashtra, Tanjore, Mysore, Bengal etc. The paintings in various 39 styles are related to historical events, numbering in hundreds.
Paintings in Maharashtra style depicting the deeds and childish pranks of the Shrimad Bhagwat hero. Shri Krishna and glimpses of various attires and make up of Shri Nathji and displayed here in serial arrangement. The history of Indian paintings since the 13th c. onwards comes alive in the paintings galleries of the Museum. The Kalams (school) of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mewar, Bundi, Kota, Sirohi, Jhalawar, Kishangarh, Nathdwara, Tanjore, Hyderabad, Mysore, Mughal, Pahari, Gujarati, Patni, Islamic, Oriya and Bengal. Have received full representation here.
Universally beneficial Yoga picture series of the 18th c. game pictorials for children’s entertainment, Tantric picture-series joint paintings, cloth paintings of various styles, portraits of kings and princes.
Paintings in original by well known artists of their times-Kalu Ram Sadb of Baghera (Ajmer), Kashi Ram of Jhalawar, Badu’s disciple, Jayat Ram, Murad Bux and Gay Chitera, Nathu Chitera of Bikaner, Saligram, Ganesh Musvvir, Rampratap, Ramchandra, Chhaju Chitera, Chandra Chitera, Yajendra Sharma of Jaipur, Dana Bhati of Jodhpur, Samvaldan of Asind-Deogarh, Murali Dhar Bakshi of Bundel Khand, Sabib Deen of Udaipur, Gambhar of Sanwar have been preserved here as a proud possession.
Mica was also used for painting. During the late 18th and 19th century when offices of the East India Company retired to their homeland, the British people were curious to know from what India looks like, what kind of people live there, what kinds of trees, shrubs and flowers are found there, what are the conditions in which their friends live there and so on. This curiosity about India gave birth to a class of professional painters and paintings. Formerly there paintings were executed on paper cards, but mica-sheets also came to be used as ground material for paintings, a little later. The subjects painted by them quaint and different from the traditional ones. They painted domestic servants, the guard(Durban) keeping the gate, water-carriers (Bhishti),washermen (Dhobi), Craftsmen like a gold smith, shoe-makers, weavers, carders, women working the spinning wheel, oilman and his wife extracting oil at crusher etc. were also painted by them. Through these paintings the common British people augmented their knowledge about India and the Indians. We can see some of these paintings of Patna school displayed here.
Mica paintings of company period in Patna style and folk paintings are thousands in number.
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