Kishangarh, 19th century Opaque watercolor on paper; adjusting her veil to cover more of her face the maiden is lost in deep thought kneeling on an open terrace. Folio: 14 x 8 3/4 in. (35.6 x 22.2 cm)
Kishangarh portraits of Radha are said to also represent that of Bani Thani, the mistress of Raja Savant Singh (r. 1749-1764). Raja Savant Singh was a devout follower of Krishna. He composed eulogies to Krishna under the pen-name Nagari Das. In 1757 Savant Singh retired with Bani Thani to the holy town of Vrindavan. Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Kishangarh painters alluded to the love story between Savant and Bani through depictions of Radha and Krishna. The accentuated features characteristic of the Kishangarh school were initially developed in the early eighteenth-century by the painter Bhavanidas and further stylised by Nihal Chand.
Compare with a related portrait sold at Sotheby's, London, June 8, 2012, lot 6 and with another in the Edwin Binney III Collection, see W. G. Archer, Rajput Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney III, Portland, 1968, no. 29, p. 43.
Provenance: Private Collection George P. Bickford, before 1970