History tells us that the British East India Company influenced the world in terms of diplomacy and governance, but many of its officers and their families were also great purveyors and supporters of the arts. Soon enough, the Company School of Painting came to be, creating art during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their art was distinguishable because of the patrons’ influences: their love for European trends, for science and discovery. The artists even trained in late-Mughal painting techniques. You can see the evolution of their methods into flora, fauna, landscape, and people. Other styles include picturesque landscape views and architecture.
The works from the school and its era is on display at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464, entitled “Company School Painting in India (ca. 1770–1850)” from April 10 to October 1, 2017. (This same exhibit was also on display last September 2016.) For more information, visit the official The Met website.