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Portrait of Raja Kesari Singhji of Jodhpur on horseback

circa 1830


Unknown Artist


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.


Place where the work was made

Jodhpur Rajasthan India

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


Not on display

Accession number


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


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)