Jayadeva's Gita Govinda exalting the love between Radha and Krishna is among the most popular in Sanskrit litarature and has inspired some of the finest Indian painting. This folio is from the second of two well-known series painted in the Kangra style, referred to as the 'Lambargaon' Gita Govinda in reference to its previous owner, the Raja of Lambargaon. They are distinguished by the luxuriant foliage and luminous quality.
Other pages from this series are illustrated in P. Pal, The Classical Tradition in Rajput Painting, 1978, cat. no. 77, from the Paul F. Walter Collection; W.G. Archer, Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills, 1973, vol. II, p. 67 (i-iii); A. Poster, et. al, Realms of Heroism, 1994, cat. no. 226; and D. Ehnbom, Indian Miniatures, The Ehrenfeld Collection, 1985, cat. nos. 125-26.