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The artillerymen of Maharao Ram Singh II (r.1828-66), India, Kota, circa 1842-43 
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The artillerymen of Maharao Ram Singh II (r.1828-66), India, Kota, circa 1842-43 
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The artillerymen of Maharao Ram Singh II (r.1828-66), India, Kota, circa 1842-43 
black ink on paper, heightened with colour, cropped, framed
50.5 by 149.5cm.
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Catalogue Note

This large scale drawing relates to another sold in these rooms, 23 May 2006, lot 96, attributed to the artists Kishan Das and Lacchi Ram. Kishan Das and Lacchi Ram were responsible for creating the monumental painting on cloth of Maharao Ram Singh II's Visit to Delhi, now in the Rao Madho Singh Trusts Museum, Kota (Welch 1985, pp.429-431, no.285 and Welch 1997, p.205, no.65). Like the painting and the other large drawing the current lot is probably also a depiction of Maharao Ram Singh's celebrated foray from Kota to Delhi undertaken between 1842-43. Here the Maharao's artillerymen are shown riding camels and horses pulling canon, alongside servants, cooks and soldiers, all part of the royal entourage. Ram Singh was a ruler with a witty sense of humour who encouraged his artists to record amusing and worthwhile moments during his outings. The artists' detailed observations are of great historical interest and provide an insight into the court and its environs.

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