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An image of Portrait of Raja Kesari Singhji of Jodhpur on horseback by

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Portrait of Raja Kesari Singhji of Jodhpur on horseback
Place of origin
Cultural origin
Marwar style
circa 1830
Media categories
Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
opaque watercolour on paper

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

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Margaret Olley 2000
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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 - 6)

Exhibition history (1)

Rajput Painting. Indian minatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 13 Nov 1979–03 Dec 1979

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