Indian and Himalayan Art
Gray PartridgeMade in India, Asia
Possibly made in Punjab, India, Asia
c. 18th century
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor on paper
2006-53-133Bequest of Dean Walker, 2006
LabelThis study of a gray male partridge follows a long tradition of depicting birds on the model of the great Mughal artist Mansur. This artist began his painting by making a drawing, then filled it in with color. Traces of chalky underdrawing are clearly visible, as are previous sketches of the bird's head and beak, later corrected and eventually completely redrawn. Upon close inspection, it is possible to see that the black lines have been pricked with a pin, making the page into a stencil that could be used to transfer the drawing from one sheet of paper to another.
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