The style of production and subject-matter of 'Company' albums were adapted to European taste and commonly depicted flora and fauna, local communities, monuments, festivals, deities and craft industries. This set includes many figures thought to be familiar to European travellers and residents in southern India: a bird-seller, ironsmith, stonecutter, coppersmith, basket-maker, and religious mendicant. There are also images of marriage and funeral ceremonies, and a series of Hindu, Muslim and Catholic festivals and processions. There are also scenes showing buildings in Pondicherry. Watercolour on paper, H22 x W35cm. English captions.
'Painting Processions: The Social and Religious Landscape of Southern India in a 'Company' Album', by Crispin Branfoot (SOAS), in Orientations: The Magazine for Collectors and Connoisseurs of Asian Art, Volume 38, Number 8, November/December 2007