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Title

Portrait of Raja Kesari Singhji of Jodhpur on horseback

circa 1830


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This painting in the Marwari style depicts the rajah of Jodhpur on horseback, accompanied by an entourage of courtiers. The bold colours, strong linework and formal composition set against a flat background are typical of this style. The rajah wears the distinctive turban of the region, while his dappled horse is decorated with a patterned rug, tassels across his chest and ribbons in his mane. The painting conforms to a fairly standard format of equestrian portrait, and its static formality shows the influence of the Mughal style. The rulers of Jodhpur had a complex and uneasy relationship with their imperial overlords, nevertheless the Mughals had a profound impact on the art of this Rajput court.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.44.


Details


Place where the work was made

Jodhpur Rajasthan India


Cultural origin

Marwar style


Date

circa 1830


Media categories

Painting , Watercolour


Materials used

opaque watercolour on paper


Dimensions

27.2 x 20.3 sight; 47.0 x 37.6 x 1.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Margaret Olley 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

128.2000



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mughals and Maharajas: The Miniature Paintings of Courtly India', Sydney, 2003, 44 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Fifty years of the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 1979, not paginated. This work was included in an exhibition mentioned in this publication. The exhibition title was 'Rajput Painting. Indian minatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries' in the year 1979. (Information from A&L Report - cat.no. 6)