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  • Place of origin:

    Jodhpur (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour 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

The uncluttered lines and earthy colours of this painting are typical of western Rajasthan, especially Jodhpur, in the early 18th century. It has been suggested that the central figure of the painting is Maharaja Ajit Singh of Jodhpur (ruled 1707-24), but it is just as likely to be the ruler of a much smaller domain in the region. At this time, the fashion for portraiture had spread beyond the Jodhpur court to the outlying districts, and many minor nobles and land-owners had their portraits painted, either on horse-back or with their nobles, as here.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, of a group of seated nobles. Four sit in a row facing their ruler, who smokes a huqqa, with two attendants behind him. Possibly Ram Singh (son of Abai Singh), Abhi Singh (son of Ajut Singh), Bakht Singh (son of Ajit Singh), and Bijai Singh (son of Bakht Singh).

Place of Origin

Jodhpur (made)


ca. 1720 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 225 mm maximum, Width: 288 mm maximum

Object history note

From the Gayer-Anderson Collection.

Descriptive line

Painting, group of Rajput nobles, possibly Raja Ajit Singh, sons and grandsons, opaque watercolour on paper, Jodhpur, ca. 1720

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

R.M.Cimino, Life at Court in Rajasthan (Turin, CESMEO, 1985), p.4.
R.Crill, Marwar Painting: A History of the Jodhpur Style (Mumbai, Indian Book House, 2000), p.79.

Production Note

Painted either in Jodhpur itself or a nearby centre


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Nobles; Huqqa; Servants


Paintings; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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