Posted on: 31 March 2014

Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur (1804-1843) seated in discussion with a Marwari prince on a palace terrace, both figures dressed in fiery orange jamas and turbans, officers standing to the right, an attendant holding a gauri in the background.

Jodhpur, circa 1840
Gouache and gold on paper, red border with inscription in upper border in nagari script erroneously identifying the main sitter as Bhim Singh

Painting at Jodhpur, the capital city of the royal house of Marwar, flourished in the second half of the 18th Century and the first half of the 19th. Palace court scenes and royal processions were popular subjects and are not uncommon. However, a miniature of this quality and date from Jodhpur is a rare find and the glorious colour of orange used here immediately evokes a resplendent age at this Rajasthani court. The nagari inscription naming the sitter as Bhim Singh (1794-1804), Man Singh's father, is misleading but as Bhim Singh suffered from smallpox, it seems more likely that this terrace scene depicts his son.

Source: Bonhams

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