Maharana Bhim Singh of Mewar at a Palace Window

Artist: Workshop of Chokha (active 1779-ca. 1826)
Sitter: Maharana Bhim Singh (Indian (Mewar), reigned 1778-1828)
Historical period(s)
Sisodia dynasty, Reign of Bhim Singh, 1810-20
Mewar Court
Rajput School
Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton
H x W (overall): 147 x 110.8 cm (57 7/8 x 43 5/8 in)
India, Mewar, Rajasthan state, Udaipur
Credit Line
Gift of Terence McInerney
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


India, moon, portrait, Sisodia dynasty (861 - 1947), WWII-era provenance

Ganeshi Lall & Son, Agra, India [1]

Private collection, New Orleans [2]

Vishnu M. Lall, New York City, 1990 [3]

To 1996
Terence McInerney, New York to 1996

From 1996
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Terence McInerney in 1996


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record, this object was in the possession of Ganeshi Lall & Son pre-1967.

[2] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Terence McInerney
Vishnu M. Lal
Ganeshi Lall & Son


During the eighteenth century, court artists in Udaipur began to produce life-size portraits of the kingdom's rulers. This monumental painting depicts Maharana Bhim Singh (reigned 1628-52) sitting at a jharoka or ceremonial window with his arm resting on its carpet-covered ledge. His prominently wielded sword represents a king's traditional role as protector, while the crescent moon refers specifically to the Udaipur royal house. The artist evokes the grandeur of Indian kingship in a masterful composition that balances bold colors and forms with ornately patterned textiles and opulent jewels.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 200-201.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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