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Maharaja Bhim Singh of Jodhpur with a saint

August 31, 1780
Jodhpur Court
Shah Alam II 1759–1806

Maharaja Bhim Singh of Jodhpur with a saint



Gouache on paper 9.3 x 13 in. (23.5 x 33.1 cm.) Maharaja Bhim Singh’s reign can be summed up as a contest for succession with his uncles and cousins. He seized Mehrangarh and declared himself as the ruler but soon surrendered and retired to his personal jagir at Sawana; very soon he once again regained his army, seized the fort and proclaimed himself ruler for the second time. Maharaja Bhim Singh’s daughter was married to Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Jaipur and that lead to exchange of art, culture and aesthetics between the two kingdoms, however, no Jaipur impact can be seen on this painting. In this portrait, Bhim Singh is shown visiting a priest and the meeting is depicted under a printed canopy. The priest is shown seated on a decorated carpet surrounded by cushions, resting against a bolsters and is sniffing a flower while Maharaja is seated humbly in front of him. Stylistically this composition has a folksy verve, but the facial features are individualistic and delineated in Jodhpur’s characteristic style. 

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