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  • Place of origin:

    Jodhpur (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640 - ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn with a brush in ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Colonel T. G. Gayer-Anderson, CMG, DSO, and his twin brother Major R. G. Gayer-Anderson, Pasha

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This very finely executed drawing shows Jaswant Singh I, the Maharaja (ruler) of Jodhpur, seated with a group of his relatives. Jaswant Singh was born in 1626, and ruled from 1638-78, and from his youthful appearance in this portrait we can date the work to around 1645. He is shown with a nimbus or halo of rays of light around his head to emphasise his status as ruler. This feature was borrowed from Mughal artists, who had taken it in turn from the West, although the convention had actually occurred much earlier in Buddhist paintings in India.

The high quality of the drawing in this work, and the detailed portraits of the sitters (most of whom bear a strong family resemblence to the Maharaja), suggest that it was done by an artist trained in the Mughal court style.

Physical description

Brush drawing in ink on paper, of Raja Jaswant Singh of Jodhpur seated with four seated nobles to his left and three to his right.

Place of Origin

Jodhpur (made)


ca. 1640 - ca. 1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Drawn with a brush in ink on paper


Height: 165 mm, Width: 215 mm, Height: 298 mm paper onto which object mounted, Width: 360 mm paper onto which object mounted

Object history note

From the Gayer-Anderson Collection. Given by Col.T.G.Gayer-Anderson, C.M.G., D.S.O., and his twin brother Major R.G.Gayer-Anderson, Pasha.

Descriptive line

Brush drawing, Raja Jaswant Singh of Jodhpur (r.1638-78) with nobles, ink on paper, Jodhpur, ca. 1640-1650

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R.Crill, Marwar Painting: A History of the Jodhpur Style (Mumbai, India Book House, 2000), p.45.
plate 117, page145.
Jackson, Anna and Jaffer, Amin (eds), with Deepika Ahlawat. Maharaja : the splendour of India's royal courts. London, V&A Publishing, 2009. ISBN.9781851775736 (hbk.), ISBN.1851775730 (hbk.).
p. 31, cat. no. 23.
Topsfield, Andrew, An introduction to Indian Court Painting, H.M.S.O., London, 1984, 0112903835
p. 35, fig. 1.
The Indian Portrait: 1560-1860 London: National Portrait Gallery, 2010 Number: 978 1 85514 409 5


Paper; Ink


Drawn; Painted

Subjects depicted

Nobles; Ruler


Paintings; Royalty; Drawings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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