Untitled, Cecil Burns 
Watercolour on paper

Cecil L. Burns, was the Dean of the Sir. J.J. School of Art, as well as one of the early curators of the Museum. This work, acquired in 2012, depicts a lily pond and shows his skill in rendering water colours rather skilfully. It could have perhaps been intended as a demonstration for his students. It was part of a larger cache of 43 exquisite small-format gouache works, by those associated with the Sir. J.J. School in the early 20th century. These works offer valuable insights into the School’s formative period as well as the beginnings of Indian modernism.