Chapter 10The Changing World of Visual Arts New Forms of Imperial Art Looking for the picturesque Picturesque landscape painting was a popular imperial tradition. Thisstyle of painting portrayed India as an old-fashioned land to beexplored by travelling British artists. Its landscape was rugged and wild, seemingly untamed by humanhands. Thomas Daniell and his nephew William Daniell were the mostfamous artists of this tradition. Portraits of authority The rich and the powerful, both the British and the Indian, wanted tosee themselves on canvas. Unlike the Indian tradition of painting portraits in miniature, colonialportraits were life-size images and looked real. The new style of making portraits served as a means of displaying thelavish lifestyles, wealth and status that the British Empire generated. Painting history This traditional art sought to dramatise and recreate various episodesof British imperial history and enjoyed great prestige and popularityduring the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For the history painters in Britain, the British victories in India servedas rich material. These paintings served as a favourable image ofBritish actions in India. These paintings celebrated the power, the victories and thesupremacy of the British in India.