Indian Mica Paintings

Mica is a name given to a group of minerals. They are all sheet silicates forming distinct layers. They are fairly light and and form flexible sheets.

From the eighteenth century portrait miniatures were produced for the British in the Mughal style. Sets of pictures were made by local artists especially for them. In addition to portraits, sets of pictures were produced depicting the various occupations and costumes of the local people. The ninetenth century created a new demand from British residents. They were often used as teaching aids for the new British immigrant and later became reminders and souvenirs of their colonial home.

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Decorated palanquin with four man servants - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.4 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Painting of a Sweeper - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.1 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Decorated bullock drawn cart - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.2 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Decorated palanquin with bearers - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.3 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Decorated bullock cart - 19th century Indian painting on mica - 1976.25.5 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Decorated elephant with mahout, noble and servant - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.6 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Painting of a tailor at work with cloth, needle and thread - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.7 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Tailor or domestic servant ironing cloth - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.8 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Man, possibly a farmer, carrying vegetables - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.9 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Water or milk carrier emptying a water skin into a basin - 19th century Indian gouache on mica - 1976.25.10 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock A man, a domestic servant or possibly a doctor, bearing a cup and flask - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.11 -  © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Man carrying keys dressed in white and wearing a turban - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.12 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Man dressed in white carrying a scroll - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.13 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Man, possibly a doctor or domestic servant, with cup, tray and flask - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 197.25.14 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Man walking with cane and book - 19th century Indian gouache painting on mica - 1976.25.15 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock-