Jagat Singh on Elephant procession, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Udaipur, circa 1740
Lot 1208
Maharaja Jagat Singh in procession with attendants Udaipur, circa 1740
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Lot Details
Jagat Singh on Elephant procession, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Udaipur, circa 1740
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Maharaja Jagat Singh in procession with attendants
Udaipur, circa 1740
Inscribed verso: 1 Kamhal Ka Dharau Baju Ka Daur Mein - '1 Lotus to the North side'

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; charging up a slight incline Jagat Singh returns from holi celebrations on his elephant. Escorted by his regular attendants who carry the 'Sun King' standard, golden parasol, hookah and chauri bearer, they all bare the signs of the color festival. A musical troupe that includes dancing girls, drummers leads the procession along with other attendants carrying mats, fans and wine bottles. Jagat Singh is lavishly adorned with multiple strings of pearls surrounding a large emerald pendant, and matched to a three-emeralds armband.
Image: 16 x 11 in. (40.6 x 27.9 cm.) Folio: 18 x 13 in. (47 x 34 cm.)

Footnotes

  • The elaborate pearl-edged crest at the front of his turban is identical to the one worn by the Rana in wedding procession riding on his favored elephant Shyam Sundar, in honor of Thakur Sirdar Singh formerly in the British Rail Pension Fund, see Topsfield, The City Palace Museum, Udaipur, 1990, 43, no. 10 and another in Topsfield, Paintings from Rajasthan, 1980, no. 122, p. 98

    Another page that shows the attendant figures in similar color splattered white jamas formerly in the British Rail Pension Fund, see Sotheby's, London, April 26, 1994, lots 25 and 39. Also see the Rana participating in the festival in Andrew Topsfield, Paintings from Rajasthan in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1980, no 124, p. 99.

    Compare with a similar, but more compressed composition that includes a similar attendants and troupe of dancing girls, formerly in the British Rail Pension Fund, see Sotheby's, London, April 23, 1996, lot 32. Also compare with a closely related composition of Jagat Singh on his favored elephant Shyam Sundar, formerly in the British Rail Pension Funds (see Sotheby's, London, April 26, 1994, lot 37.


    Provenance:
    Estate of Henry Ginsberg, London
    Spink & Sons., 1980s
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