21.8 x 30.7cm image; 28.5 x 37.5cm sheet
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.
Jim Masselos, Divine and Courtly Life in Indian Painting 1991, Domain, 1991. cat.no. 4.5
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 'Mughals and Maharajas: The Miniature Paintings of Courtly India', Domain, 2003, 44 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan, Indian Painting 2001, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 2.32
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