I would certainly never have known the in-depth history of any region so far removed from my geo-location, were it not for the art that carries within it stories from beyond.\nA glimpse into the world of Opium Trade of Patna, 1850s, through Company School Paintings created in Gouache on Mica.\nReceipt of Raw Opium\nWeighing the Opium\nBalling and putting into brass cups \nOpium being mixed in a large, square wooden vat.\n\u00a0\nTesting for purity\nThe Mixing Room, Opium Factory\n\u00a0\nThe Stacking Room\n\u00a0The Examination Room\nThe Drying Room\nOpium being made ready for despatch\nPots put into baskets and labelled\nTwo workers are shown carrying an opium crate away.\nThese Company Paintings (a painting made by an Indian artist for the British in India) is done on mica (talc) and comes from a series of nineteen illustrating processes in the manufacture of opium at the opium factory at Gulzarbagh in Patna, Bihar. According to the artist Ishwari Prasad, his grandfather, Shiva Lal (c.1817-1887), began to make the designs for these paintings in 1857. They were commissioned by Dr D. R. Lyall (the personal assistant in charge of opium-making) for a series of wall paintings in the Gulzarbagh factory. However, Lyall was killed in 1857, during the so-called Indian Mutiny, and the scheme was abandoned. \nAll pictures courtesy \u201cRare Book Society of India\u201d\n\u201cThe Truth about Indian Opium\u201d\nBy G. Graham Dixon\nPublished H.M. Stationery Office, London \u2013 1922\nCopyright: \u00a9 V&A Images\n\u00a0\njaina mishra\nAug 2014\nThe post Paintings of The Opium Trade \u2013 India, 1850s appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.