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A lady being observed by her lover, folio from a Ragamala series

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1720
  • Geography

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 21.6 × 15 cm (8 1/2 × 5 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Bikaner school
  • Description

    Within an intricately pillared terrace, against a verdant backdrop, a lady, seated on an elaborate gold throne, inspects herself in a mirror held by an attendant. A second female attendant caresses the princess’s hennaed feet. Hidden amongst the foliage is a prince who peers at the toilet scene.
  • Provenance

    From 1890s
    Hugh Gracey, purchased in India [1]
    General Sir Douglas Gracey (1894-1964), by descent from his father, Hugh Gracey [2]
    Anonymous collector
    Acquired from General Sir Douglas Gracey (1894-1964)
    Sale, London, Phillips Son & Neale Limited, Chinese and Japanese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Jades, Textiles and Fans, November 19, 1999, lot no. 188, “A Mughal Period Miniature”
    From 1999 to 2004
    Sam Fogg, Rare Books and Manuscripts, London, purchased at auction, “Chinese and Japanese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Jades, Textiles and Fans,” Phillips Son & Neale Limited, London, Nov. 19, 199, lot no. 188, “A Mughal Period Miniature” [3]
    From 2004 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Sam Fogg, Rare Books and Manuscripts, London in July 2004
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
    [1] Hugh Gracey purchased the painting in India while he was in the Indian Civil Service in the 1890s. See Phillips Son and Neale Limited auction catalogue, November 19, 1999.
    [2] Sir Douglas Gracey was the last British Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan army.
    [3] According to information provided by Sam Fogg, Rare Books and Manuscripts.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Hugh Gracey
    Sir Douglas Gracey (1894-1964)
    Phillips Son & Neale, Ltd
    Sam Fogg, Ltd. (established 1986)
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • Type

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