Framed oil painting: The Auriol and Dashwood Families by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810), oil on canvas c. 1783-7. On loan from a private collection.

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Museum number

L2013.1

Object

Framed oil painting: The Auriol and Dashwood Families by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810), oil on canvas c. 1783-7. On loan from a private collection.

Gallery label

The Auriol and Dashwood Families
Johan Zoffany (1733-1810)
Oil on canvas, about 1783-7

Zoffany’s informal conversation piece is a fascinating glimpse into the colonial life of 1780s Bengal. This tea party under a jackfruit tree is probably set in the garden of James Peter Auriol (in green, on the right), an administrator in the East India Company. His sisters are seated between their new husbands, with two more brothers on the left.

The painting shows how the fashionable British way of life continued unchanged in the heat of the Indian subcontinent, thanks to an army of servants. The Indians here represent several different ranks, from page-boy to accountant.

On loan from the Dashwood Family

L2013.1

On display?

Yes
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