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Collection

An image of Palace being prepared for festivities by

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Title
Palace being prepared for festivities
Other titles:
Jaipur palace being prepared for festivities
Place of origin
JaipurRajasthanIndia
Period
Rajput circa 1500 - 1947 → India
Year
19th century
Media categories
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
Materials used
opaque watercolour on paper
Dimensions

21.8 x 30.7 cm image; 28.5 x 37.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Mr J. Kitto 1986
Accession number
133.1986
Location
Not on display
Further information

This rather late painting from the court of Jaipur is unusual in representing an everyday scene from courtly life rather than the highly romanticised or religious themes common to Rajput miniatures. It shows a courtier directing the servants of the court as they lay out carpets for an event, perhaps a performance or the daily 'darbar', or audience, with the maharajah. It is interesting to note the attempt at using perspective and the documentary style of the composition, which relinquish previously accepted pictorial conventions.

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

Bibliography (3)

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.).

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 2.32

Jim Masselos, Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 4.5

Exhibition history (2)

Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Oct 1991–08 Jan 1992

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001