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Raja Suchet Singh and Raja Dhian Singh

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Punjab Plain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Robert Skelton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In this painting, two notable figures of the Sikh court under the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (r.1801-1839) are seated on a terrace. Raja Dhian Singh (1801-1844) kneels on a carpet against a bolster, facing his younger brother, Raja Suchet Singh (1796-1843). They were members of the Hindu Dogra family whose talents were rewarded with high office and titles under Ranjit Singh, but who contributed to the turmoil of the region following the ruler's death. The painting was probably done in about 1838-40, and is in the characteristic style of the Panjab Hills of the period, suggesting that it may have been done by an artist who left the patronage of one of the Hindu rajas to find new patrons in the Panjab Plains during the stability of Ranjit Singh's reign. The painting was given to the museum in 1953 by Robert Skelton, former Keeper of the Indian Department.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, depicting Raja Suchet Singh (1801-1844) dressed in yellow, seated with his older brother Raja Dhian Singh (1796-1843).

Place of Origin

Punjab Plain (made)


ca. 1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on reverse with three couplets in Persian.


Height: 208 mm maximum, Width: 151 mm maximum

Object history note

Given by Robert Skelton, former Keeper of the Indian Department.

Descriptive line

Painting, Raja Suchet Singh and Raja Dhian Singh, opaque watercolour on paper, Punjab Plain, ca. 1840

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

cat. 13, fig. 23.
Paintings of the Sikhs / W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1966

Production Note



Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint



Subjects depicted

Men; Carpets; Rulers


Paintings; Royalty; Sikhism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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