This painting probably painted by a follower of the court artist Chokha, depicts Maharana Bhim Singh watching an elephant fight from his balcony. Bhim Singh succeeded to the throne in 1778 at the tender age of ten. He inherited an unstable state with little left in the treasury. In 1818 he signed a protection treaty with the British. Colonel James Tod then became political agent, managing affairs between the East India Company and Mewar.
In good condition, some losses to the painting, areas of repainting, creases and minor stains, inscriptions in English and devanagari script on the back, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."