Album of 'Company' paintings of occupations and festivals, Southern India (CWML MSS 500)

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Album of 'Company' paintings of occupations and festivals, Southern India (CWML MSS 500)
Formerly owned by Rev. William Thompson (1811-1889). On permanent loan from the Council for World Mission Archive.
Place of Publication:
Tamil Nadu, India
Publication Date:
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Physical Description:
1 vol (46 colour plates)


Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- India -- Tamil Nadu
ஆசியா -- இந்தியா -- தமிழ்நாடு
एशिया -- भारत -- तमिलनाडु
11 x 78.33333


Both the style of production and the subject-matter of ‘Company’ albums were adapted to European taste and included representations of flora and fauna, local communities, monuments, festivals, deities and craft industries. Over half this set have figures thought familiar to European travellers and residents in southern India: a bird-seller, ironsmith, stonecutter, coppersmith, basket-maker or religious mendicant. These are joined by livelier scenes of marriage and funeral ceremonies, and a series of Hindu, Muslim and Catholic festivals and processions. Two scenes with known buildings in Pondicherry suggest that the original owner was French (Text by Crispin Branfoot, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( English )

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
SOAS, University of London
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the Council for World Mission. For permission to publish please contact SOAS Archives and Special Collections at
Resource Identifier:
CWML MSS 500 ( SOAS manuscript number )


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