Making history: the constructions of Johann Zoffany’s Colonel Antoine Polier, Claud Martin and John Wombwell with the Artist (1786-7) Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Arpen, Katherine J.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
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  • Following the conquest of North India, the Awadhi capital of Lucknow became the site of significant cultural interaction between Europeans and Indians, with men moving in and among the city's various communities. Johann Zoffany's Colonel Antoine Polier, Claud Martin and John Wombwell with the Artist (1786-7) presents several such men of European birth in the format of the conversation piece. This paper will treat Zoffany's painting as an assertion of British control that was in many ways at odds with the city’s flexible cultural boundaries. In considering its connections to British pictorial traditions and the concerns of the East India Company at the end of the eighteenth century, I aim to uncover the ways in which Zoffany's painting offers the viewer a lens through which to consider the various processes of construction—individual, imperial and artistic—taking place during the early period of British India.
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