Soon after, Amrita began to study art under the direction of Hal Bevan Petman who had recently arrived in Simla from London. He was best known for his portraits of society women and teaching art to children. Petman also stressed the importance of drawing saying: "…that it is the basis and form of all art". Although Petman's method of teaching was very disciplined, his approach to teaching was more suitable to Amrita's personality and she spent a considerable amount of time with him. Petman was so impressed with Amrita's artistic talents that he recommended she be trained in the finest art schools in London and Paris. Although Amrita's mother agreed with the recommendation, her future personal circumstances derailed the plan.
 
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