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.
Jaipur palace being prepared for festivities
Rajput circa 1500 - 1947 → India
opaque watercolour on paper
21.8 x 30.7 cm image; 28.5 x 37.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Mr J. Kitto 1986
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
Jim Masselos, Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 4.5
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