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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    AN ILLUSTRATION TO A KRISHNA SUDAMA SERIES: SUDAMA AND SUSHILA IN THEIR HOVEL

    PROBABLY GARHWAL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1790

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    AN ILLUSTRATION TO A KRISHNA SUDAMA SERIES: SUDAMA AND SUSHILA IN THEIR HOVEL
    PROBABLY GARHWAL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1790
    Opaque pigments on paper, Sudama and his wife sit in their hut, she advises him to travel to Dwarka to meet Krishna, a bag of beaten rice prepared for him lies on the floor behind Sudama, a walled city in the background, with red-speckled pink borders and blue frame, the protective fly-leaf with Mandi Collection label
    Painting 8 x 11in. (20.3 x 28cm.); with blue borders 10 3/8 x 13¾in. (27 x 34.8cm.)


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    Sudama was a childhood friend of Krishna. Sudama later fell on hard times as can be seen in the depiction here of his hovel with the cow dung cakes drying outside, the broken spinning wheel in the courtyard and the holes in the thatched roof above them. Sudama resists the idea of asking Krishna for help and covers his ears as his wife Sushila berates him.

    A closely related earlier depiction of this same scene is attributed by W. G. Archer to Garhwal circa 1775-90, (W. G. Archer, Indian Paintings of the Punjab Hills, 1973, vol. I, no.7(i), p.80). The dark blue sky and the angular architecture in the background found in our painting confirm that it fits within the style of the Garhwal school.

    Provenance

    Formerly in the Mandi Royal Collection No. 508