Mir Kalan Khan, Lovers in a Landscape (Detail), India, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, c. 1760–70, Opaque watercolor on paper, Page 16 x 11 inches; image 8 1/4 x 6 inches, The David Collection, Copenhagen, 50/1981. .


December 12, 2010 to February 27, 2011 – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Lucknow was an extraordinarily elegant and sophisticated Indo-Islamic kingdom that flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is the first exhibition devoted to the opulent art and culture of the city, which boasted the wealthiest court and most ostentatious cityscape in northern India.

The refined artistic production of the city’s multiethnic residents and artists is represented by Indian courtly paintings, European oil paintings, drawings, prints, a range of decorative art objects and textiles, nineteenth-century photography, and twentieth-century Indian films. The exhibition provides a framework for understanding the history of the region and the nature of India’s colonial history and memory