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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)
    Lucknow (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 - ca. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fateh Chand (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, a scene from the story of Madhavania and Kamakandala. A musician reclines exhausted on a palace terrace set in a wooded park. His vina lies by his feet and he is being revived by the maidservants of a princess who sits among her attendants in a golden pavilion at the end of the terrace.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)
Lucknow (probably, made)


ca. 1750 - ca. 1770 (made)


Fateh Chand (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'The work of Fateh Chand.'
Inscribed beneath the image, on the gold-flecked mount.


Height: 324 mm, Width: 485 mm, Height: 172 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 240 mm image within innermost painted borders

Object history note

'For other paintings by Fateh Chand which show him to be an 18th century eclectic artist, see Johnson coll. Vol. 22 No. 4 and Vol. 50 No. 1. An example in Shah Jahan period style is reproduced by Rai Krishna Dasa, Mughal Miniatures, Delhi, 1956. An indication that this artist may have been a Lucknow contemporary of the eclectic Mihr Chand is provided by Johnson painting Vol. 40 No. 1 which although in the characteristic style of Mihr Chand, bears an inscription "work of Fateh Chand" which has been crossed through at an early date and replaced with an attribution to Mihr Chand. It seems likely that the two men may have belonged to the same school of eclectic painters'. (register description, 1957)

Descriptive line

Painting, Madhavanla and Kamakandala scene, by Fateh Chand, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, probably Lucknow, ca. 1750-1770


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Gold



Subjects depicted

Vina; Park; Pavilion; Princess; Servants; Musician; Terrace


Paintings; Myths & Legends; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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