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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 69

    Muhammad Kaha, late 19th Century

    A European and an Indian riding in a carriage in the Punjab

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    Muhammad Kaha, late 19th Century
    A European and an Indian riding in a carriage in the Punjab
    inscribed 'Rarigar Muhammad Kaha Tak [in Hindi]' (upper centre, in the margin) and inscribed 'sri darbar paratisigji avan ra... [in Hindi]' (lower centre, in the margin)
    pencil and bodycolour
    9 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (23.2 x 35.2 cm.)


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    The British took over the administration of the Punjab in 1849 after the Sikh Wars. Although the Punjab plains had no great artistic tradition, artists began making portraits of the Sikh rulers and officials at Adinanagar, Lahore and Amritsar. When British travellers or officials visited the Punjab during the reign of Rangit Singh (1801-1839) and his successors, painters were often commissioned to record the event. In the present picture a Punjab artist depicts both a European official and a Sikh of high importance, riding together in a carriage. The Hindi inscription in the present watercolour possibly translates as 'meeting of Parti Singhi with...'.

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