Akhairaj with Courtiers and Musicians in a Garden

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1820
  • Geography

    Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, Marwar, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 34.4 x 45.3 cm (13 9/16 x 17 13/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Court

    Marwar Court
  • School/Tradition

    Rajput school
  • Description

    Akhairaj, a minor noble in the state of Jodhpur (Marwar), is sitting on an English-style chair in an unidentified garden, listening to musicians and enjoying flowers. Below, a servant gathers fruit, and a sadhu sits by a fire in a corner of the garden, near a well. Red border.
  • Marks

    Verso: Five and a half lines of writing at the top. Below is a circular stamp in purple ink: around the edge: KUMAR SANGRAM SINGH x OF NAWAL GARH x. In the middle: Painting No. Below the stamp: S Singh [written in blue ink]; 35 [written in pencil and circled]; Title: Raja Akahi Raj [stamped and written in blue ink]; School: Jodhpur [stamped and written in blue ink]; Artist: x [stamped and written in blue ink].
  • Inscriptions

    1. (From the Seller's Invoice, September 1999) Five line inscription in nagari characters on reverse.
    2. (Milo C. Beach, 6 December 1999) Akhairaj and other courtiers are identified by an inscription on the reverse. (Details to follow after translation of inscription.)
  • Provenance

    From at least 1967
    Kumar Sangram Singh of Nawalgarh, Jaipur, from at least 1967 [1]
    Stuart Cary Welch, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Warner, New Hampshire [2]
    To 1999
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York to 1999
    From 1999
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. in 1999
    [1] In 1967, the object was seen and photographed by Milo C. Beach in the collection of Kumar Sangram Singh; his seal is on the reverse (according to Curatorial Note 4, Milo C. Beach, December 6, 1999, in the object record).
    [2] The object was acquired soon after 1967 by S.C. Welch, and sold through Colnaghi's (according to Curatorial Note 4, Milo C. Beach, December 6, 1999, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art (February 24 to May 13, 2007)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kumar Sangram Singh (Thakur of Nawalgarh)
    Stuart Cary Welch (1928-2008)
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd.
  • Origin

    Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, Marwar, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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