Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company

The Wallace Collection, London, London, United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 11:00 to Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 15:00

The Wallace Collection is also delighted to announce that the critically acclaimed temporary exhibition, Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, in partnership with DAG, will reopen on Wednesday 29 July. As the rest of the museum closed in March, the exhibition was entering its final weeks with one month remaining. Thanks to the generosity of its lenders and supporters, it will be on display for an additional 6 weeks, and will now close on Sunday 13 September 2020. Tickets for Forgotten Masters go on sale on Wednesday 22 July.

Buy tickets here - Tickets are very limited due to maintaining social distancing and current opening hours, so advance booking is essential.

Guest curated by renowned writer and historian William Dalrymple, Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company is the first UK exhibition of works by Indian master painters commissioned by East India Company officials in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see these vivid and highly original paintings together for the first time, recognising them as among the greatest masterpieces of Indian painting.

The exhibition honours historically overlooked artists including Shaikh Zain ud-Din, Bhawani Das, Shaikh Mohammad Amir of Karriah, Sita Ram and Ghulam Ali Khan and sheds light on a forgotten moment in Anglo-Indian history. Reflecting both the beauty of the natural world and the social reality of the time, these dazzling and often surprising artworks offer a rare glimpse of the cultural fusion between British and Indian artistic styles during this period.

View the online tour

Free Online Exhibition Talk

Reflections on Forgotten Masters: William Dalrymple and Xavier Bray in Conversation

As our Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company exhibition nears its final weeks, join renowned writer and historian William Dalrymple and the Director of the Wallace Collection, Dr Xavier Bray, as they reflect on curating this unprecedented exhibition. Did the curators achieve what they first set out to accomplish? And how might we look differently at the centuries-old fusion of British and Indian artistic styles in the context of today’s anti-racism movement?

The talk will take place on 20 August at 3pm BST, and Zoom registration is now open.

Register here

The Wallace Collection is also offering complimentary entry to the Forgotten Masters exhibition for NHS workers for the duration of its revised run. Tickets for NHS workers and Wallace Collection Members can be reserved in advance by emailing and redeemed by presenting a valid Wallace Collection membership card or NHS staff identification on arrival.

Dr Xavier Bray, Director of the Wallace Collection, said:

“I am thrilled that we are able to welcome visitors back to the Wallace Collection from 15 July. It is particularly fitting that we can make this announcement today – exactly 120 years since we opened our doors for our first time in 1900. These are unprecedented times, and it has never felt more important to bring art and culture to our audiences. We are hugely looking forward to sharing our wonderful objects and spaces with the public again.

Following the UK government’s announcement that museums can open from July, and on the 120th anniversary of our doors opening for the first time, The Wallace Collection today announces that it will reopen to the public on Wednesday 15 July.

The following changes will be in effect:

  • The Collection will operate with reduced opening hours, from 11am to 3pm, in order to protect our visitors and staff from travel during rush hours.
  • Free, timed tickets need to be booked in advance on the Wallace Collection website to manage visitor numbers and capacities.
  • A one-way fixed route will be in operation to visit the galleries, starting on the upper floor. Not all galleries will be open for visitors.
  • The café and cloakroom will be closed.
  • The shop will be open and has been enlarged to allow greater space for social distancing, and the online shop will be open.

Measures will be in place to ensure effective social distancing is maintained at all times, and these arrangements will be continually monitored and evaluated with the hope that opening hours can be extended in the near future. Further visitor information can be found on our Visiting Safely page.

United Kingdom
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN