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unknown artist (Company Artist)

Two Bulls and a Male Nylghy

ca. 1812
Materials & Techniques:
Graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 12 3/4 × 18 3/8 inches (32.4 × 46.7 cm)

Inscribed extensively in graphite with numeric measurements; in graphite, upper right: "Black Hoofs | Horns | Rump | Brush of Tail | Knees"; upper right: "Neck and Body rather even | thick, taut and rather even | black"; lower left: "Bull 5 years old belonging to | [...] & Washerman"; lower center: "A small Bull 5 1/2 years old belonging to | Capt. Lee and used for the purpose | of drawing the Children's Carriage"; lower right: "Male Nylghy Calf 1 Month old | belonging to Mr. Carfield's livery"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Copyright Undetermined
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animal art
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Art historians have created the concept of the “Company school” to describe those indigenous artists who worked for the East India Company in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to make drawings documenting the flora and fauna, as well as the culture, of the Indian subcontinent. The notion of a “Company artist” can, however, falsely suggest a passivity among these draftsmen, as if they were simply directed by their employers rather than their creativity in producing a hybrid style that drew on both European and local traditions.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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