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A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Panjab

Painting
ca. 1855 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This watercolour is by Ghulam Ali Khan, who was working in Delhi from about 1820 and was the brother of another artist, Faiz Ali Khan. The painting depicts a tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Panjab and dates to about 1855. Nearly all of the figures and some of the elephants are inscribed with their names in small Persian characters. In the centre of the hunt can be seen Nawab Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Khan (r. 1845-57) on horseback spearing a tiger, and on the horizon is a line of elephants carrying dead tigers and a deer. The nawab owned Jhajjar, Badli and Karaund. He rebelled during the so-called 'Indian Mutiny' (also known as the First War of Indian Independence) and was executed by the British in Delhi on 23 December, 1857.



object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Water colour on paper
Brief Description
Painting, A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Delhi, ca.1855
Physical Description
A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Punjab, is depicted. In the centre of the hunt can be seen Nawab Muhammad Abdul Rahman Khan on horseback spearing a tiger. On the horizon is a line of elephants carrying dead tigers and a deer. On the right and left are nobles on the elephants and troops in green jackets on horseback.
Dimensions
  • Height: 44cm
  • Width: 60.5cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
amal-i ghulam ali khan musavvir (Persian; Persian)
Object history
Acquired by the Indian Museum, London, and transferred to the South Kensington Museum in 1879.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This watercolour is by Ghulam Ali Khan, who was working in Delhi from about 1820 and was the brother of another artist, Faiz Ali Khan. The painting depicts a tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Panjab and dates to about 1855. Nearly all of the figures and some of the elephants are inscribed with their names in small Persian characters. In the centre of the hunt can be seen Nawab Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Khan (r. 1845-57) on horseback spearing a tiger, and on the horizon is a line of elephants carrying dead tigers and a deer. The nawab owned Jhajjar, Badli and Karaund. He rebelled during the so-called 'Indian Mutiny' (also known as the First War of Indian Independence) and was executed by the British in Delhi on 23 December, 1857.



Bibliographic Reference
Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 158 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
03531(IS)

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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