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Drawing of warrior on horseback, with 5 attendants and a dog, arriving at a palace. The palace inhabitants are shown on three levels. The drawing is incomplete and some of the graphie under drawing has not been drawn over with ink. The rider and his horse are the most complete figures and have pink watercolor on the clothing, sword and horse's side and legs. There is yellow gray watercolor shading on the rider and the attendants.
On the verso: X [in pencil] Done by a Punjabi Native Artist about 1854 or so [in ink; steel nib pen]
------------------#25 [in pencil]
E WM.-- 1
1848 [in pencil]
See drawing of watermark in the acquisition consideration paperwork found in the Object file.
While this drawing exhibits stylistic continuities with the Pahari school paintings (northwest India) produced for Hindu rulers in the 17th through mid-19th century, it depicts a Sikh prince or nobleman. The prince seems to be Raja Dhian Singh (1796-1843) because of similarities in profile and beard length between this drawing and published portraits of the Sikh ruler.
The extent of the shading and the touches of color on the raja's sword suggest that this was intended as a finished drawing, rather than as a preparatory study. The drawing may have been commissioned by an English patron. Its support is a pale blue-gray English laid paper with a Ruse and Turner watermark of 1848 and an inscription on the verso suggests the painting entered an English collection shortly after 1854. In addition to laying down the figures' contours and the basic architectural structure in black ink, the artist delicately shaded the faces and the contours of the male figures in the procession and, to a lesser extent, the faces of the women in the palace.
The elaborate palace is filled with the idealized heroines who appear in countless court paintings of literary and poetic subjects; their presence creates a romantic backdrop for the procession at the painting's bottom register.
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- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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