A prince worshipping at a shrine with holy men and attendants Bilaspur, circa 1670-1680
gouache on paper, framed 223 x 300 mm.
Provenance: Collection of the late Linda York Leach (1942-2006).
From an unidentified series concerning the day-to-day life of a ruler and his court. There is a strong late Shah Jahan/early Aurangzeb period influence in this series which probably resulted from the connection of Raja Dip Chand (1650-1667) of Kahlur (Bilaspur) with the Mughal court. The short-skirted Shah Jahan period jamas are of particular note. Dip Chand campaigned on behalf of Aurangzeb on the northwest frontier and therefore must have been aware of Mughal artists working at the capital in Delhi. A Delhi artist at his invitation may well have then settled at Bilaspur.
For comparison see W. G. Archer, Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills, London 1973, vol. I, pp. 230 & 231, nos. 5 (i-ii); and vol. II, p. 170, nos. 5(i-ii). W. G. Archer, Visions of Courtly India, London 1976, no. 32.
Please note that this lot has a cover paper bearing the stamp of the Royal Library at Mandi.