Indian Tradespeople and Beggars.

Record ID: 
183148
Accession number: 
MS W.68
Title: 
Indian Tradespeople and Beggars.
Created: 
ca. 1780
Credit: 
Bequest of Julia Parker Wightman, 1994.
Description: 
36 leaves (in 2 albums of 18 leaves each), bound : paper, ill. ; 130 x 103 mm
Provenance: 
Harry A. Levinson, Beverly Hills, CA; purchased by Julia Parker Wightman from Levinson in 1956; JPW 3206; Julia Parker Wightman Bequest in 1994.
Notes: 

Ms. indian tradespeople and beggars; written and illuminated in India, ca. 1780.
Decoration: 18 miniatures in Volume I; 18 miniatures in Volume II.
Each miniature depicts at least two figures, usually a man and a woman, representing different professions; painted in watercolors and gold on white paper, framed with narrow glued-on strips of gold-painted paper, covered with a sheet of mica, then covered and protected by a flap of yellow tissue paper attached at the top edge. The professions are identified by captions in English at the top of each miniature.
Binding: Each volume of 18 drawings, attached in accordion style, was constructed to be ribbon-tied into the 18th-century cover of brown morocco, gold tooled, with marbled paper doublures and silk ribbon ties. Both volumes are stored in a cloth box with leather spine, inscribed: Indian Street Cries; signed JPW 1957.

Script: 
cursive
Language: 
In English
Century: 
Classification: