A Woman of the Court at Faizabad (Reproduction of Painting by British Artist Tilly Kettle)

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Rich in colors and justifying the beauty of its subject with the use of mastered brush strokes, this oil on canvas painting is a recreation of a painting by British artist Tilly Kettle during his visit to the court of Shjaud-daula, the Nawab of Awadh. The painting is titled “A Woman of the Court at Faizabad” and probably represents a nautch (dancing) girl who performed at the court of the Nawab.

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Item Code: OT49
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Oil Painting on Canvas
Dimensions 36 inch X 60 inch
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The identity of the subject of this oil on canvas painting can be deduced from her confident stance and absence of Purdah (veil), two features which are associated with female court performers and not women who belong to high-class, orthodox families. The fact that the woman agreed to pose for a stranger also hints at her belonging to the group of royal court dancers. And it is our good fortune that she agreed, otherwise we would not have gotten the chance to gaze at her otherworldly beauty through this oil on canvas.

 

Her beauty is made even more exquisite by her solah sringar (16 kinds of ornamentations prescribed for the Indian woman) and the fiery red sari that wraps her voluptuous physique. The color red and heavy ornamentation were chosen carefully by her attendants along with all sorts of fineries to make her presentable. Emeralds and rubies studded in finely made gold jewelry provide her and the painting with numerous eye-catching and vibrant tinges. Her large, brown eyes, highlighted with kohl and hints of blue eyeshadow, look away from the spectator, toward something happening outside of the canvas. What could it be? Is she scolding a servant who spoilt the gorgeous carpet? Or is she ordering everyone to leave the space, so that she can enjoy the hookah in solitude, after taking care of her vast household the entire day? This is the magic of the painting. Adorned by the presence of the most ravishing beauty, this work by Tilly Kettle leaves the viewer curious, looking to complete the picture.  

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