Krishna and his family admire a solar eclipse, perhaps a page from the “Kangra/Modi” Bhagavata Purana

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Kangra, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 15.7 × 23.8 cm (6 3/16 × 9 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    First generation after Nainsukh (active ca. 1710-1778)
  • School/Tradition

    Kangra school
  • Marks

    Verso: personal seal of Abdur Rahman Chughtai.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: some Urdu and English inscriptions.
  • Provenance

    To 1975
    Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975), Lahore, Pakistan [1]
    From 1975 to 2008
    Arif Rahman Chughtai, ownership transferred after the death of his father, Abdur Rahman Chughtai in 1975 [2]
    From 2008 to 2017
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Arif Rahman Chughtai in the United States in September 2008
    From 2017
    Freer Gallery of Art, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [3]
    [1] The painting has a personal seal of Abdur Rahman Chughtai. One of Pakistan’s leading twentieth-century artists, Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975) built up a substantial collection of Indian paintings over the course of his career. This painting is likely to have left Himachal Pradesh for Pakistan before 1972 (when Chughtai was 75 years old). The artist’s own works and his collection of Indian court paintings went to his son, Arif Rahman Chughtai, who registered many of the Indian paintings as property of a museum dedicated to his father’s art. This painting does not bear the stamp of the Chughtai museum, which indicates that it was not registered with the Pakistani government as the property of the Chughtai museum.
    [2] See notes 1.
    [3] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975)
    Arif Rahman Chughtai
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Kangra, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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