Untitled (Portrait of a Woman in Gray Sari and Veil)


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This hand-tinted portrait photograph is a modern example of a tradition in Indian painting that extends back to the mid-1800s. Having a photograph hand painted required an extra charge, but made the portraits more lifelike and endowed them with the status of a luxury item, akin to painted portraiture.

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  • Title: Untitled (Portrait of a Woman in Gray Sari and Veil)
  • Date Created: 1900s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 15 x 10.9 cm (5 7/8 x 4 5/16 in.); Paper: 15 x 10.9 cm (5 7/8 x 4 5/16 in.); Mounted: 16.3 x 12 cm (6 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: (Brutal's Gallery, Paris, France), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2017.11
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print, hand colored
  • Inscriptions: Written in black ink on white adhesive label on verso: “Unknown Studio, India/Vintage hand colored/argentic print/140 pounds {crossed out in pencil]60 euros”
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: India, 20th century
  • Credit Line: John Cook Memorial Fund
  • Collection: PH - Misc. 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 2017.11

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