The state of Jammu, situated in the northwest India near Kashmir, was well known within the many states of pre-independence India for its cultural achievements. Outstanding among its paintings are the graceful portraits of the various Sikh princes and their court officials who ruled Jammu for centuries. This delicately rendered portrait of an unidentified sitter shows a seated man in the posture of a nobleman. The lack of a detailed landscape focuses all of our attention on the sitter.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011
Portrait of a nobleman
opaque watercolour on paper
22.8 x 14.0 cm sight
Gift of Michael Hobbs 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display