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Palace being prepared for festivities

19th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Jaipur palace being prepared for festivities
    Place where the work was made
    Jaipur Rajasthan India
    Rajput circa 1500 - 1947 → India
    19th century
    Media categories
    Miniature , Painting , Watercolour
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications