340
340
North India, Rajasthan, Marwar
MAHARAJA BAKHAT SINGH WITH COURTIERS
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 4,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
340
North India, Rajasthan, Marwar
MAHARAJA BAKHAT SINGH WITH COURTIERS
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 4,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

|
London

North India, Rajasthan, Marwar
MAHARAJA BAKHAT SINGH WITH COURTIERS
opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, framed
27.25 by 40.8cm., 10 3/4 by 16 1/16 in.
18th century
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Catalogue Note

In 1724 Maharaja Bakhat Singh murdered his father Maharaja Ajit Singh in return for the rule of the thikana of Nagaur. Whilst at Nagaur, Bakhat built a wonderful pleasure palace that successfully combined Rajput and Mughal architectural elements. Paintings from Bakhat's reign were typically large in scale and highly decorated and often portrayed the Maharaja in a darbar scene such as this. In 1751 Bakhat Singh became ruler of Jodhpur but unfortunately his reign only lasted a year. In 1752 he was murdered by his niece, the widow of Maharaja Iswari Singh of Jaipur, who gave him a poisoned robe.

Whether this painting was produced in Nagaur or Jodhpur has not been determined, however Bakhat's youthful features relate closely to an important jharoka portrait of the prince painted in c.1735, in the Hodgkin Collection (See Topsfield 2012, no.88).

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

|
London