• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 286

    Benjamin Hudson (fl. 1847-1862)

    Portrait of Bonsha Gopal Nandi, half-length, in an angarkha, seated at a table, a red draped curtain beyond; and Portrait of Lala Manik Lal Kapur, half-length, in uniform

    Price Realised  

    Benjamin Hudson (fl. 1847-1862)
    Portrait of Bonsha Gopal Nandi, half-length, in an angarkha, seated at a table, a red draped curtain beyond; and Portrait of Lala Manik Lal Kapur, half-length, in uniform
    the latter signed 'B. Hudson Px' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    30 3/8 x 25¼ in. (77.2 x 64.2 cm.)
    two (2)


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    Bonsha Gopal Nandi, also known as Lala Janaki Prasad Nanday, was the brother of Narain Kumair, Maharaja Mahtab of Burdwan's third wife. The Maharaja and Narain had no children so wanted to adopt her younger brother. However, Nandi died in his twenties so Narain instead adopted Nandi's son, who became the next Maharaja. The artist was living in Calcutta between 1856 and 1862, and painted a series of members of the court of Burdwan during this period, including a Portrait of Babu Rama Brasag Rai, which was offered in these Rooms in October 1991. The present portrait is likely to have been executed in circa 1858.
    Lala Manik Lal Kapur was the Baksha, or military tutor to Maharaja Aftab Chand.

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    Provenance

    Charles Flanigan, Calcutta.
    Dr. Maurice Shellim, and by descent to the current owner.