Krishna dressed as a prince, standing in a landscape holding a flower Kishangarh, late 18th Century
gouache and gold on paper, marbled border 239 x 172 mm.
Kishangarh portraits often represent Krishna dressed as a prince or ruler. This influence amongst the court artists of Kishangarh was in response to the devotion to Krishna of Prince Savant Singh (1699-1764) who wrote religious poetry under the pen-name of Nagari Das. In the mid-1740s, before succeeding his father Maharaja Raj Singh in 1748, Savant Singh lived with the singer and poetess Bani Thani at Brindaban, Krishna's childhood home outside Kishangarh, adding inspiration to the romantic themes in 18th Century Kishangarh painting.
For comparison see E. Binney, Rajput Miniatures in the Collection of Edwin Binney III, Portland, Oregon 1968, no. 24; A. Topsfield (ed.), In the Realm of Gods and Kings, London 2004, no. 65; R. Crill and K. Jariwala, The Indian Portrait, 1560-1860, london 2010, no. 39.