93.9 x 63.9 cms
Signed in Urdu, lower left
'Shaykh Zayn al-Din'
Watercolour painting on paper of a specimen of a Jasmine plant. The plant has a central stem off which smaller stems grow. On these are ovate shaped dark green leaves. At the tip of three of the smaller stems are small white flowers, some open, others still as buds. The painting is framed by a line border.
This painting comes from a collection of four watercolour paintings which depict natural history subjects and were likely painted in Calcutta where natural history drawings were popular during the late 18th and early 19th century. These paintings are of a superior quality to paintings produced for the general consumer. Such paintings were vital to botanists in India and in England and helped further the study of the flora of the Indian subcontinent.