Ms. Joyee Roy (Ghosh)

Ms. Joyee Roy (Ghosh)

Works of the British Artists in India and U.K. in the period from 18th to 19th centuries on India - a comparative study on styles, techniques and themes etc.

Documentation & Curatorial Officer at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India.

The ‘U.K. Visiting Fellowship 2013-14 awarded by the Nehru Trust for the Indian collections of V&A Museum, U.K.  helped me to enhance my knowledge on British Art and British artists of 18th & 19th centuries who worked mainly on Indian subjects. Through my project I tried to pursue a comparative study between the British artists of 18th-19th centuries, who came to India and depicted and documented the subcontinent truthfully and those who never came to India but depicted India on the basis of primary and secondary resources, i.e. books, manuscripts, documents, records, surveys prepared by British officials during their official duty in the Indian subcontinent. I found significant differences in styles, techniques and themes in between these two groups of artists. It may be said that this type of assessment has not been done yet.

My museum is a treasure trove of British paintings of 18-19th centuries and therefore after my research study I am now able to contribute more regarding pursue research on our collection of British paintings.


I had presented articles in two seminars on ‘At Home British Artists on Indian subject’ and curated an exhibition on art work of British amateur artist Samuel Davis at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata on December, 2013.