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Maharaja Madho Singh

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Kishangarh (possibly, made)
    Nathadwara (possibly, made)
    Rajasthan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:

    IS.157-1955

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Maharaja Madho Singh of Jaipur (r.1751-68) is identified by an inscription on the right side of this painting.He stands in an attitude of reverence before a shrine on which are displayed figures of Radha and Krishna. The shrine is attended by four brahmins (who are also named in individual inscriptions) bearing fans and lamps. The delicate colouring of the painting and the sensitive treatment of the faces suggest that it was done in Kishangarh rather than in Jaipur.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Raja Madho Singh worshipping at a Krishna shrine attended by four brahmins. At the centre of the painting are figures of Radha and Krishna on a platform. On either side are priestly attendants with fans. Maharaja Madho Singh of Jaipur is standing on the right of the painting in an attitude of reverence. In the foreground is a fountain in which birds (parrots, peacocks and ducks) are drinking, and at the top of the painting is a balcony with a cloudy sky above.

Place of Origin

Kishangarh (possibly, made)
Nathadwara (possibly, made)
Rajasthan (made)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Munshi Hiralal'

[above subject's name]
written underneath figure on left

'Sri Valabhji Maharaj'
[above subject's name]
written underneath figure second from left

'Sri Banjesurji'
written beneath shrine

'Sri Kaniyalalji' [probably; unclear]
[above subject's name]
written underneath fourth figure from left

'Ram sajjan'
[above subject's name]
written underneath second figure from right

'Raja Madho Singhji'
[above subject's name]
written underneath righthand figure

Dimensions

Width: 22 cm with border, Height: 30.5 cm with border

Object history note

Formerly in the J.C.French collection

Descriptive line

Painting, Maharaja Madho Singh worshipping at a Krishna shrine, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Kishengarh or Nathadwara, ca. 1760

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

R.Cimino, Life at Court in Rajasthan, Florence, 1985, p.31.

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Shrine; Ruler; Ducks; Worship; Parrots; Brahmins; Peacocks

Categories

Paintings; Royalty; Religion; Hinduism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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