Processional scene with Amar Singh, ruler of Thanjavur (Tanjore), and Sarabhoji thumbnail 1
Processional scene with Amar Singh, ruler of Thanjavur (Tanjore), and Sarabhoji thumbnail 2
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Processional scene with Amar Singh, ruler of Thanjavur (Tanjore), and Sarabhoji

Painting
ca. 1797 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one depicts Amar Singh, ruler of Tanjore or Thanjavur from 1787 to1798, and Sarabhoji (ruled 1798-1832). The fact that Amar Singh is in the larger gilded carriage suggests that this painting was made before 1798. In that year the British pensioned him off and sent him away to Tanjore. Sarabhoji (shown here in the smaller carriage) was then recognised as ruler of the state.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Varnished gouache on paper
Brief Description
Painting, varnished gouache on paper, a processional scene with Amar Singh, ruler of Thanjavur (Tanjore), and Sarabhoji. Thanjavur (Tanjore), S. India, ca. 1797
Physical Description
Painting, varnished gouache on paper, showing a grand processional scene with Amar Singh, ruler of Tanjore (1787-98) and Sarabhoji (1798-1832).

The carriages are being pulled by white bullocks; the procession includes elephants, horses, soldiers and numerous attendants.
Dimensions
  • Height: 52cm
  • Width: 125cm
Style
Credit line
Presented by Captain R. Johnes.
Object history
Jackson, Anna and Jaffer, Amin (eds), with Deepika Ahlawat. Maharaja : the splendour of India's royal courts. London, V&A Publishing, 2009. ISBN.9781851775736 (hbk.), ISBN.1851775730 (hbk.).
Subjects depicted
Associations
Summary
The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one depicts Amar Singh, ruler of Tanjore or Thanjavur from 1787 to1798, and Sarabhoji (ruled 1798-1832). The fact that Amar Singh is in the larger gilded carriage suggests that this painting was made before 1798. In that year the British pensioned him off and sent him away to Tanjore. Sarabhoji (shown here in the smaller carriage) was then recognised as ruler of the state.
Bibliographic Reference
Plate 31, page 44Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992, 52 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
IM.10-1938

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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