Hughes French India Company School Drawings
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Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1993.10
Creators:
Hughes, Thomas L., Mr.
Dates:
[1840?]
Languages:
Captioned in French
Physical Description:
32 Items
39 x 25 cm.
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The circumstances of creation are unknown for these watercolor drawings depicting Tamil men and women in various trades and activities. These ethnographic studies may have been rendered by a local Indian artist of the Pondicherry area of South India on commission for a French official or merchant. The name "Company School" has been attached to suggest the similarity between these drawings and those typically commissioned by the East India Company, especially during the early 18th century. The regularity of size and shape and numbering of the sheets would seem to indicate that these drawings may have been used to illustrate a bound monograph. Captions are in French. Several sheets are watermarked "J. Whatman. Balston & Co." with dates 1822-1825.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Organized by subject.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Thomas L. Hughes 1984-1985, the French India Sackler Study Collection was transferred to the Archives from the Sackler Gallery Study Collection on December 13 and 22, 1993.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1993.10

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Citation
French India Company School Drawings. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Thomas L. Hughes, 1984-1985.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Gift of Thomas L. Hughes, 1984-1985

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Drawing, Indic Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tamil (Indic people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ethnology -- India Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India -- Description and Travel -- views Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India -- Union Territory Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/