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Raja Fateh Singh of Sitamau

  • Description

    Conventional in its subject yet quite freely painted, this portrait of a ruler appearing at a jharokha or palace window depicts Fateh Singh of Sitamau, a small former princely state within modern Madhya Pradesh. Holding his hookah tube and resting a hand on a coverlet draping the balcony, the moustachioed Raja is framed by the cusped window surround. An abbreviated attendant figure and ornamental lion appear on the right. The architectural and textile details are boldly brushed in, with the use of washes. This picture can be attributed to Svarup Ram, an artist associated with the city of Mandsaur in the same region.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiacentral India Madhya Pradesh (Sitamau) (place of creation)
    c. 1790
    attributed to Svarup Ram (active c. 1800) (artist)
    Associated people
    Fateh Singh, Raja of Sitamau (ruled 1752 - 1802) (subject)
    probably Fateh Singh, Raja of Sitamau (ruled 1752 - 1802) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    15 x 11 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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