Pigments on paper
India, circa 1800
Height 44,4 Width 34,3 cm
This painting represents a racket-tailed Drongo. We can see its back and its side face. This common bird in Asia with a deep dark feather seems to look attentively at the spectator. It appears ready to fly away from the branch. The graceful tail of this animal is nicely emphasized and is occupying the bottom of the composition. Close by, we can see an inscription.
This painting belongs to the group “Company school of painting” which started with the arrival of the British East India Company in Asia during the late 18th century. Many English people came to settle down in India. The exotic wildlife and flora, but also the local architecture, led to many detailed and fiddly representations.