94.8 x 63.9 cms
Signed in Urdu, lower left
'Shaykh Zayn al-Din'
Watercolour painting on paper of a specimen of a plant with a butterfly on a leaf. The plant has a central stem which is twisted. Off the stem grow cordate shaped leaves and small white flowers/seed pots. On the top of one of the leaves at the tip of the stem rests a butterfly with brown wings that are speckled with white. 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.