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.
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
Shown in 1 exhibition
Rajput Painting. Indian minatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 13 Nov 1979–03 Dec 1979
Referenced in 2 publications
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 - cat.no. 6)
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.).