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Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur playing Holi with a bhagtan

September 7, 1840
Jodhpur Court
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur playing Holi with a bhagtan



Gouache on paper 11.7 x 8.3 in. (29.7 x 21.1 cm.) Along with a large volume of religious manuscripts, Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur also got his lifestyle painted. He particularly favoured compositions pertaining festivities and celebrations. He must have commissioned a range of Holi depictions as they appear in a number of collections and most of these are meticulously detailed. He also got a number of performance based subjects painted. Maharaja Man Singh appears in his signature side whiskers and curled up moustache and Kishangarh influenced upturned eye. This composition was also later adopted for depicting his successor Maharaja Takhat Singh.

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