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Painting - A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Panjab
  • A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Panjab
    Khan, Ghulam Ali
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A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Panjab

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Khan, Ghulam Ali (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water colour on paper

  • Museum number:

    03531(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)

Date

ca. 1855 (painted)

Artist/maker

Khan, Ghulam Ali (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Water colour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

amal-i ghulam ali khan musavvir
amal-e ghulam alikhan musavvir
The work of Ghulam Ali Khan, artist
Persian; Persian

Dimensions

Height: 44 cm, Width: 60.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired by the Indian Museum, London, and transferred to the South Kensington Museum in 1879.

Descriptive line

Painting, A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Delhi, ca.1855

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

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

Materials

Water colour; Paper

Subjects depicted

Deer; Hunters; Horse; Elephant; Tiger (animal)

Categories

Paintings; Indian Company Paintings; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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