Maharaja Balwant Singh with Colonel Borthwick

Historical period(s)
dated 1825
Devargh or Ratlam school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 20.3 × 27.3 cm (8 × 10 3/4 in) H x W (overall): 24 × 30.4 cm (9 7/16 × 12 in)
India, Madhya Pradesh state, Devgarh or Ratlam
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


India, man, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, ruler

From at least 2002
J. Lowell Groves (1914-2008), San Francisco, California [1]

Sale, San Francisco, Bonhams & Butterfields, Fine Asian Works of Art, June 29, 2009, lot no. 8282 (one of 2), “Two Indian miniature paintings: Mewar” [2]

From 2009 to 2010
Terence McInerney, New York, New York, purchased at auction, “Fine Asian Works of Art,” Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, June 29, 2009, lot 8282 (one of 2): “Two Indian miniature paintings: Mewar” [3]

From 2010 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Terence McInerney, New York, New York [4]

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [5]


[1] According to Andrew Topsfield, Court Painting at Udaipur: Art Under the Patronage of the Maharanas of Mewar, Zurich: Artibus Asiae Supplementum XLIV, 2002, fig. 214.

[2] See auction catalogue “Fine Asian Works of Art,” Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, June 29, 2009, lot 8282 (one of 2): “Two Indian miniature paintings: Mewar.”

[3] See note 2.

[4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

[5] See note 4.

Previous Owner(s)

Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd.
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
J. Lowell Groves American, 1914 - 2008


Verso: “Portrait of Maharaja Balwant Singh of Ratlam after his coronation in procession in the 3rd week of June 1825. Accompanied by his foster-brother Moji. Riding on the second elephant is Colonel Borthwick, resident advisor and on the white horse, the accountant to the Maharaja, Hirachand. And on the dark horse is Kotari, the storekeeper and master of ceremonies. Sheikh Sirdar Mohammad is on the front forward horse.”

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum