A portrait of Raja Dhian Singh Lahore, circa 1850-70
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A portrait of Raja Dhian Singh Lahore, circa 1850-70
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A portrait of Raja Dhian Singh
Lahore, circa 1850-70
Opaque watercolor, gold, beetle wing and beads on paper; the Sikh maharaja seated in his white marble pavilion surrounded by his flourishing paradise garden, wearing textured green and orange robes and a pearl necklace delineated with applied beads.
Image: 9 x 6 1/2 in. (22.8 x 16.4 cm)

Footnotes

  • A number of closely related portraits are in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The distinctive profile compares favorably with (IS.116-1953).

    Raja Dhian Singh (1796-1843) was the Hindu prime minister during the reign of the first Sikh maharaja of the Punjab, Ranjit Singh. He was the second son of Mian Kishora Singh Dogra, and the middle of three brothers from Jammu who served the maharaja. He became chamberlain of the royal household in 1818, took part in military campaigns and was awarded many honors and grants of land.

    Provenance:
    Property deaccessioned from the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina
    Gift of Colonel Charles Blackmon (1975.005.0058)
    A World War II era stamp on the reverse reads: Passed By Examiner US Army Base 1812
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