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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 58

    A RAJA ENJOYS A HUQQA DURING A COLD WINTER NIGHT

    PAHARI SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1825-50

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    A RAJA ENJOYS A HUQQA DURING A COLD WINTER NIGHT
    PAHARI SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1825-50
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the palace interior with a European-style fire place in which burns a lively fire, a European style floral carpet is laid on the floor, the Raja lies on a daybed, covered with a blanket decorated with large flowers, a female attendant changes the coal and tobacco of his huqqa, within black and white rules and red borders, mounted, framed and glazed
    9½ x 5¾in. (24.2 x 14.6cm.)


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    The subject of this painting, a Raja wrapped up tightly against the cold, is an unusually intimate one for Indian painting. Other portraits of figures clothed in large blankets include a depiction of Bhup Singh with his Rani wrapped up in the same quilt and attributed to Guler, circa 1795-1800, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (I.S. 202-1949; Visakha N. Desai (ed.), Life at Court: Art for India’s Rulers, 16th-19th Centuries, Boston, 1985, no.75). A painting attributed to Nainsukh, circa 1760 shows Balwant Singh in a tent at Nagrota, similarly clothed and smoking a hookah in a manner similar to our portrait (Kalpana Desai and Pratapaditya Pal, A Centennial Bouquet, Mumbai, no.84).

    Provenance

    Acquired from Colnaghi, London, 5 June 1979