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Collection Online as of June 9, 2024

Picnic party, Mashobra

Picnic party, Mashobra

1887
(Indian, 1844–1905)
Image: 19.3 x 26.1 cm (7 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.); Paper: 19.3 x 26.1 cm (7 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

This scene is from one of many lavish entertainments hosted by caterer, restaurateur, and hotelier Federico Peliti (Italian, 1844–1914) at his forested country estate outside Shimla. In the photograph, Peliti is on horseback and his wife Judith on the swing. Swings have a long history as items of leisurely pleasure in Europe and India. Badminton, which originated in England in 1873, was popular in India. Deen Dayal may have been invited to document this gathering because he and Peliti, an amateur photographer, both belonged to the Photographic Society of Bombay.
  • 1887 or 1888
    Studio of Raja Deen Dayal, sold to commissioner (identity unknown)
    1970s–2015
    Walter Clode [1929–2022], Pershore, England, sold or consigned to Prahlad Bubbar Indian and Islamic Art, London, England
    2015–16
    (Prahlad Bubbar Indian and Islamic Art, London, England), sold to The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    December 5, 2016–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Raja Deen Dayal: The King of Indian Photographers. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 23, 2023-February 4, 2024).
  • {{cite web|title=Picnic party, Mashobra|url=false|author=Raja Deen Dayal|year=1887|access-date=09 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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