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Maharaja Ram Singh

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Jodhpur (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Maharaja Ram Singh was born in 1730 and ruled Jodhpur in Rajasthan for less than two years (1749-51). His arrogance antagonised all of his most powerful nobles, who sided with his uncle Bakhat Singh to overthrow him. He never regained the throne, and spent most of his life in exile in other parts of India. He died in Jaipur in 1773.
During his brief reign, many portraits of Ram Singh were produced, often following the same model as this one. The towering turbans were a Jodhpur fashion of the mid-18th century.

Physical description

Painting in opaque watercolour on paper, of Maharaja Ram Singh mounted on a brown horse against a green background, with six attendants on foot.

Place of Origin

Jodhpur (made)


ca. 1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'R Rum Sing Jode/2'
handwritten on object


Height: 30 cm, Width: 24 cm

Descriptive line

Painting, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jodhpur on horseback, opaque watercolour on paper, Jodhpur, ca. 1750

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

R.M.Cimino, Life at Court in Rajasthan, (Turin, CESMEO, 1985), p.6.
R.Crill, Marwar Painting: A History of the Jodhpur Style (Mumbai, India Book House, 2000), p.86.
pps. 156-157
Jackson, Anna and Ji Wei (eds.) with Rosemary Crill, Ainsley M. Cameron and Nicholas Barnard, compiled by the Palace Museum, translated by Yuan Hong, Qi Yue and Liu Ran. The Splendour of India' Royal Courts : Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Beijing: the Forbidden City Publishing House, 2013. Text in English and Chinese. ISBN 9787513403917.
p. 11 detail
Hats from India / Rosemary Crill. [London]: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985 Number: 0948107308


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Ruler; Horse; Servants; Equestrian


Paintings; Animals and Wildlife; Royalty; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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