Lot 246
  • 246

Tipu Sultan with his royal mistress, Delhi, circa 1850

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
18,750 GBP
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  • gouache with gold on paper
  • painting: 24.8 by 34cm.
    leaf: 36.5 by 48cm.
gouache with gold on paper, inscriptions of identification above, green borders decorated with gilt scrolls, reverse with later inscriptions of identification and ownership


Sotheby's London, 27 April 1994, lot 134
Ex Ismail Merchant Collection

Catalogue Note

In this imaginary portrait of the famous ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan is shown in an uncharacteristically sensuous and intimate scene, kneeling on a bed gently undressing his mistress. On the table behind are two books and a European carriage clock.

For fifteen years the painting was in the collection of the late Ismail Merchant (1936-2005), the famous film producer, until his collection was sold in 2009.