Maharana Ari Singhji on a boar hunt, by Kesu Ram, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, dated 1765-66
Lot 128
Maharana Ari Singhji on a boar hunt By Kesu Ram
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, dated 1765-66
US$ 7,000 - 10,000
£4,200 - 6,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Maharana Ari Singhji on a boar hunt
By Kesu Ram
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, dated 1765-66


Recto Inscription:
'Ranaji Shri Ari Singh ji on horse Pitambar'

Verso Inscription:
'Picture of Shri Maharajadhiraj Maharana ji Shri Ari Singhji on a hunt... by the artist Kesu Ram, Samvat 1822 (circa 1765-66)'

Clearly wounded from previous blows, the enraged boar sets upon the fallen attendant and begins to gore his leg. Charging at full gallop the ruler and his royal riding partner are poised deliver the death blows. Another attendant on foot, carrying a shield and push dagger also rushes to his aid.

6 x 10 in. (15 x 25.8 cm)

Footnotes


  • Compare with another portrait by Kesu Ram of Ari Singh in the same palette on a very similar caparisoned horse in the National Gallery of Victoria (see Andrew Topsfield, Paintings from Rajasthan in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1980, no. 163). Other equestrian subjects of the ruler can be found in Andrew Topsfield, Court Painting at Udaipur: Art under the Patronage of the Maharanas of Mewar, Zurich, 2002, no. 182 and Sotheby's, London, April 26, 1994, lot 44 and April 23, 1996, lots 43-48.


    Provenance:
    Estate of Henry Ginsberg
    Acquired from Spink & Son, London, 1980s
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