A prince with a sword facing right Kishangarh
Lot 302
A portrait of a ruler, possibly Maharajah Sardar Singh of Kishangarh (reg. 1757-1766) standing facing right on a stool and holding a sword, dressed in gold and wearing a gold turban decorated with a jewelled sarpech, a gold nimbus about his head Kishangarh, circa 1760
Sold for £3,360 (US$ 5,257) inc. premium

Lot Details
A portrait of a ruler, possibly Maharajah Sardar Singh of Kishangarh (reg. 1757-1766) standing facing right on a stool and holding a sword, dressed in gold and wearing a gold turban decorated with a jewelled sarpech, a gold nimbus about his head
Kishangarh, circa 1760
gouache and gold on paper, red and gold borders, coloured margin rules, in mount
315 x 217 mm.

Footnotes

  • Maharaja Sardar Singh was the son of Savant Singh (1699-1764), a gifted poet who wrote under the name of Nagari Das.

    Kishangarh, a small state in Rajasthan and sixty miles north-east of Bundi, was founded in 1609 by Kishan Singh and although there is little evidence of painting in the 17th Century, a flourishing school was established in the 18th Century. Elegant portraits and grand lake-side palace scenes were popular subjects and Kishangarh artists took their influences from the best of the eighteenth century Mughal styles. But it was the beautiful devotional poems to Radha and Krishna written by Nagari Das that gave an extra dimension and inspiration to the work of the Kishangarh masters who found an eager patron in the ruler-poet's son Sardar Singh.

    For comparison see W. G. Archer and E. Binney, Rajput Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney 3rd, Portland 1968, pp. 36 and 37; and S. C. Welch, A Flower From Every Meadow, New York 1973, no. 27.
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