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Forgotten Masters

Edited by William Dalrymple, Bloomsbury

As the East India Company extended its sway across India in the late eighteenth century, many remarkable artworks were commissioned by Company officials from Indian painters who had previously worked for the Mughals. Published to coincide with the first UK exhibition of these masterworks at The Wallace Collection (which runs to 19 April), this book celebrates the work of a series of extraordinary Indian artists, each with their own style and tastes and agency. Edited by writer and historian William Dalrymple, these hybrid paintings explore both the beauty of the Indian natural world and the social realities of the time in 100 masterpieces, often of astonishing brilliance and originality. A word too for how they’re presented here, which is truly magnificent. A book to treasure.