Siva and Parvati seated on a tiger skin surrounded by devotees Kotah, circa 1840-50
pen and ink on paper, red margin rules, framed 147 x 202 mm.
Provenance: Collection of the late Linda York Leach (1942-2006).
Howard Hodgkin tells us 'drawing is the most naked of the visual arts' (H. Hodgkin & T. McInerney, Indian Drawing, London 1983, p.v), and indeed the artist can sometimes hide behind the palette. But drawings and sketches possess the artist's first creative moments and bear a unique pace and vigour giving the onlooker a very intimate and exciting privilege. Dr. Leach saw this and was clearly interested in this genre alongside Hodgkin, McInerney and Welch.
For comparison see S. C. Welch, Indian Drawings and Painted Sketches, 16th through 19th Centuries, New York 1976, nos. 54 & 55.