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LARGE-SCALE DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF MAHARANA SIR FATEH SINGH OF UDAIPUR WITH VICTOR ALEXANDER BRUCE, 9TH EARL OF ELGIN AND 13TH EARL OF KINCARDINE, PAINTING AFTER A PHOTOGRAPH
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North India, Rajasthan
LARGE-SCALE DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF MAHARANA SIR FATEH SINGH OF UDAIPUR WITH VICTOR ALEXANDER BRUCE, 9TH EARL OF ELGIN AND 13TH EARL OF KINCARDINE, PAINTING AFTER A PHOTOGRAPH
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Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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North India, Rajasthan
LARGE-SCALE DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF MAHARANA SIR FATEH SINGH OF UDAIPUR WITH VICTOR ALEXANDER BRUCE, 9TH EARL OF ELGIN AND 13TH EARL OF KINCARDINE, PAINTING AFTER A PHOTOGRAPH
opaque pigments on cloth, framed
135 by 156cm.; 53 by 61 1/2 in.
circa 1896
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Provenance

James Howard Harris (1947-2006), New York, acquired before 1970
Christie's, New York, 20 March 2002, lot 131
Purchased at the above sale by Dr William K. Ehrenfeld MD (1934-2005)
Sotheby's, London, Nineteenth century photographs of India: The Ehrenfeld collection, including related works on paper and photographs of other Asian countries, 25 May 2005, lot 373

Exhibited

Reverie and Reality, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2003-2004

Literature

Reverie and Reality, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2003-2004, illustrated pl. 14

Catalogue Note

Based on a photograph, and painted on cloth, this monumental double portrait was previously in the collection of Dr William K. Ehrenfeld MD (1934-2005), a notable American collector of Indian art, part of whose collection was sold at Sotheby’s in 2005. The painting was exhibited at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in 2003-4.

Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), 9th Earl of Elgin, 13th Earl of Kincardine, KG, GCSI, GCIE, PC, known as Lord Bruce until 1863, was a right-wing British Liberal politician who served as Viceroy of India from 1894 to 1899. His more famous grandfather, the 7th Earl, is known for the removal of the marble reliefs from the Parthenon in Athens.

Maharana Sir Fateh Singh GCSI GCIE GCVO (1849-1930) ruled Mewar for 46 years from 1884 to 1930, with Udaipur as his capital where he resided in the famous white marble City Palace, a monumental complex of eleven palaces, courtyards and lush gardens which are shown as the backdrop to this painting.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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