A Maharajah hunting boar on horseback with hounds Mewar, early 19th Century
Lot 185
A royal hunting scene by Parasuram, a follower of Tara, depicting Kunwar Shri Kesri Singhji out hunting wild boar on horseback, riding at a gallop, slashing the boar with his sword, saluki hounds running alongside Udaipur, dated 1913 VS/AD 1855-56
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 16,000 - 24,000

Lot Details
A royal hunting scene by Parasuram, a follower of Tara, depicting Kunwar Shri Kesri Singhji out hunting wild boar on horseback, riding at a gallop, slashing the boar with his sword, saluki hounds running alongside
Udaipur, dated 1913 VS/AD 1855-56
gouache and gold on paper, two lines of nagari script verso, naming the artist as Parasuram, and identifying the horseman as Kunwar Shri Kesri Singh Ji, and the date 1913 VS, in mount
263 x 207 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private Irish collection; a personal gift to the present owner in the early 1970s from Raja Pratap Singh of Kuchaman.

    Wild boar were popular game with the ruling families of Rajasthan and Central India on hunts in the bush jungle providing exciting subject material for the royal artists. The artist Parasuram was a close follower of the eminent Tara and his son Sivalal at the Udaipur court in the mid-19th Century, and all three flourished under the patronage of Maharana Sarup Singh (reg. 1842-61). An equestrian portrait of Sarup Singh riding with Rawat Khuman Singh executed by Tara and Silaval, dated circa 1858 (City Palace Museum, Udaipur) bears a strong resemblance to the above lot with the attire of both horses and riders.

    For further discussion and comparisons see:
    A. Topsfield, Paintings from Rajasthan in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 1980, pl. 269.
    Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, Sothebys, London, 10th October 1988, lots 97 and 99.
    A. Topsfield, Court Painting at Udaipur: Art under the Maharanas of Mewar, Zurich 2001, pp. 265-267, 277, 283-284 and 299.
    The sale in our New York rooms, Bonhams, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, 19th March 2012, lot 1213.
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