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Fallen elephant

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  • Description

    In this sketch the artist experiments with the fluid dorsal contortions of a tethered elephant that has lost his footing, or is lying down briefly to rest, or perhaps having a playful roll in his paddock. From spirally coiling trunk to looping tail, the massive volumes of his twisting body and legs splayed at different angles are fluently drawn with heavy outlines and rapid linear modelling. This forceful sketch may have been a study for an elephant figure in a painting.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (place of creation)
    c. 1700
    Material and technique
    brush drawing on paper
    frame 34.9 x 39 x 1.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 21.2 x 26 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. 83 on p. 198, pp. 19 & 184, illus. p. 199

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