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Maharaja Raj Singh of Sawar in a garden arcade

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  • Description

    A flower in his hand, Raj Singh of Sawar (r.1705-1730) appears against a pale green ground as if appearing at a palace jharoka window. But the arch which frames him is part of an arcade in a pleasure garden with a fountain, water-course and flowering shrubs. The Raja is attended by half-sized maids bearing porcelain wine-flasks and a peacock-feather fan.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthan Sawar (place of creation)
    1710 - 1715
    Associated people
    Raj Singh, Maharaja of Sawar (ruled 1705 - 1730) (subject)
    probably Raj Singh, Maharaja of Sawar (ruled 1705 - 1730) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 42.6 x 52.2 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 29.4 x 39.2 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 89 on p. 210, pp. 20, 206, & 218, illus. p. 211



  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.

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