Kishangarh portraits of Radha are said to also represent that of Bani Thani, the mistress of Raja Savant Singh (r.1749-1764). Raja Savant Singh was a devout follower of Krishna and wrote under the pen-name of Nagari Das poetry celebrating the life of Krishna. In 1757 Savant Singh retired with Bani Thani to the holy town of Vrindavan. Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Kishangarh painters repeatedly portrayed the Krishna lilas, the depiction of Radha and Krishna, that echoed the love story between Savant and Bani. The accentuated features characteristic of the Kishangarh school were initially developed in the early eighteenth-century by the painter Bhavanidas and further stylised by Nihal Chand. A portrait attributed to Nihal Chand identical in composition to the current lot is in the Maharaja of Kishangarh's Collection (see Archer 1960, plate 58 and Dickinson and Khandalawala, Kishangarh Painting, Lalit Kala Academy , London, 1959).
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