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Title

Palace being prepared for festivities


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Jaipur palace being prepared for festivities


Place where the work was made

Jaipur Rajasthan India


Date

19th century


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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

133.1986



Place

Where the work was made
Jaipur

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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