A LARGE PAINTING OF THAKUR DURJAN SINGH WITH COURTIERS
A LARGE PAINTING OF THAKUR DURJAN SINGH WITH COURTIERS
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A LARGE PAINTING OF THAKUR DURJAN SINGH WITH COURTIERS

INDIA, RAJASTHAN, GHANERAO, DATED 1784

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A LARGE PAINTING OF THAKUR DURJAN SINGH WITH COURTIERS
INDIA, RAJASTHAN, GHANERAO, DATED 1784
Folio 22 1⁄2 x 20 7⁄8 in. (57.1 x 53 cm.)
Image 20 1⁄2 x 19 7⁄8 in. (53 x 50.5 cm.)
Provenance
Private collection, Europe, acquired between 1970 and 1973, by repute.
Simon Ray Ltd., London, November 2011, no. 62.

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Thakur Durjan Singh of Ghanerao (r. 1778-1799) radiates in a golden jama and resplendently large Jodhpur-style turban while seated in durbar with his white-clad courtiers. Almost thirty men in total attend court in the splendid white marble palace, each identified by Devanagari inscription. Thakur Durjan Singh’s inscription is accompanied by the date, samvat 1841 (1784 CE).The figures are framed by multifoil archways decorated with arabesque florals. The arches are surmounted by a row of jali windows of varied design. Diminutive figures—musicians, mahouts, soldiers—perform their service in the foreground, in front of the sandstone brick foundation, each labeled by inscription as well.
Ghanerao was a small thikana, or fiefdom, situated on the border between Mewar and Marwar. The thikana had a strong tradition of court painting, the atelier employing local court artists and visiting painters from Jodhpur, Mewar and Bikaner. Due to its geographical position, painting in Ghanerao carries a very Mewari foundation, but with stylistic variance due to the diverse array of artists at the atelier. Works from the Ghanerao have now been dispersed into private collections, but fortunately, many paintings are extensively inscribed, identifying place, ruler, and date. For more information of the rich corpus of works from Ghanerao, see R. Crill “The Thakurs of Ghanerao as Patrons of Painting,” in A. Topsfield, Court Painting in Rajasthan, 2000, Mumbai, pp. 92-108.

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