• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 131

    INDIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1890

    Portrait of Maharaja Mangal Singh Bahadur (b. 1859), three-quarter-length, in an interior

    Price Realised  

    INDIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1890
    Portrait of Maharaja Mangal Singh Bahadur (b. 1859), three-quarter-length, in an interior
    inscribed 'Shri Maharaja Mangal Singh Bahadur Riyasat (Kingdom)' (lower left)
    bodycolour with embossed gilt heightening on a photographic base on silk, laid down on card
    35 x 29¼ in. (89 x 74.4 cm.)


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    Photography reached India in the 1840s and was initially unpopular amongst painters, and many chose to ignore it. However, it began to gain importance as a documentary and artistic medium, and popularity swung in its favour. The present work comes from the transitional period of either copying photographs, or painting directly over them.

    We are grateful to Dr. Pramod Khumar for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

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