A prince and his consort depicted as Radha and Krishna on a lake terrace playing with fireworks, two female attendants standing by Kishangarh, circa 1800
gouache and gold on paper, blue, mauve and grey borders, in mount 317 x 213 mm.
Depicting a royal couple as Radha and Krishna was a popular theme in Kishangarh painting and dates back to the reign of Savant Singh (1699-1764). Savant Singh was a devout follower of Krishna and the Vallabhacarya sect and wrote devotional poetry under the pseudonym of Nagari Das. Around the 1740s Savant Singh fell in love with the young slave-girl Bhani Thani, who also wrote poetry and was a singer. It was with Bhani Thani that Savant Singh retired to Brindaban, the childhood home of Krishna just outside Kishangarh.
For further references see S. C. Welch, A Flower from Every Meadow, New York 1973, no. 27.