Maharaja Jagat Singh hunting boar at the Nahar Magra Odi Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Mewar, dated 1742
Lot 126
Maharaja Jagat Singh hunting boar at the Nahar Magra Odi Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Mewar, dated 1742
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Maharaja Jagat Singh hunting boar at the Nahar Magra Odi
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Mewar, dated 1742
Inscribed verso:
Maharana Jagat Singhji kills a boar at the Nahar Magra odi; seated with him are Thakur Sirdar Singh and Baba Bharath Singh; [date] Jyestha sud 13 Samvat 1799 (circa 1742 A.D.)

Having downed one wild boar Jagat Singh takes aim at the second that stands by his mate, in the distance further pairs of playful diminutive boars within a rocky landscape around another shooting turret and a gold streaked dawn sky at the high ridgeline. Jagat is wearing formal attire and defined with a golden halo, he is joined by Thakur Sirdar Singh and Baba Bharath Singh are also in sumptuous textiles and set within the pink shooting box.
Folio: 6¼ x 10¼ in. (15.9 x 26 cm)

Footnotes

  • For an almost identical scene with Sangram Singh and three attendants, formerly in the British Rail Pension Fund, see Sotheby's, London, April 26, 1994, lot 32. Unlike his predecessor Jagat Singh opted for formal attire compare with the 'Green costumes' issued for the Spring Hunt under Sangram Singh (see Tod Annuals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, London, 1920, chapter XXI).
    Another closely related scene shows Jagat Singh slaying a boar at Khasi Odi, dated 1761 by Bakhta in the National Gallery, Victoria, (see Andrew Topsfield, Court Paintings at Udaipur, Zurich, 2001, no. 174). Although the artist is not clearly identified in the inscription, it could be suggested that the quality of line, modeling of the boar, and intense composition is most closely associated with Jiva and his son Jurghasi.

    The location of this scene is at Nahar Magra (Tiger Hill), the favored hunting grounds for the Ranas throughout the 18th and 19th century. Reference to the the small lake and shooting box can be mostly clearly seen in he large format painting of Sangram Singh visiting the yogi Nilakanthaji after a tiger hunt (ibid, no. 154a).

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, Buffalo, New York
    Acquired from Walter Prochownik in 1985
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