Gentleman holding a flower Udaipur
Lot 330
A portrait of Maharana Bhim Singh (reg. 1778-1828) standing facing right holding a tulip, wearing an orange turban decorated with jewels and an aigrette, an orange patka about his white jama Mewar, circa 1820-30
Sold for £2,880 (US$ 4,836) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A portrait of Maharana Bhim Singh (reg. 1778-1828) standing facing right holding a tulip, wearing an orange turban decorated with jewels and an aigrette, an orange patka about his white jama
Mewar, circa 1820-30
gouache on paper, unframed
305 x 177 mm.

Footnotes

  • Maharana Bhim Singh was an able but weak ruler with a tendency towards vanity, perhaps reflected in the numerous portraits, such as this one, which were commissioned during his reign. He was also, according to Tod, 'particularly obnoxious to female influence' and managed to father more than a hundred children, although only one son survived him.

    For further discussion and comparison see :
    J. Tod, Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, ed. W. Crooke, vol. I, London 1920, repr. Delhi 1971, p. 558.
    A. Topsfield, Paintings from Rajasthan in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 1980, p. 14, pls. 209 and 211.
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