342
342
North India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
MAHARANA ARI SINGH OF MEWAR (R.1761-73) RIDING AN ELEPHANT IN PROCESSION
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
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342
North India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
MAHARANA ARI SINGH OF MEWAR (R.1761-73) RIDING AN ELEPHANT IN PROCESSION
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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North India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
MAHARANA ARI SINGH OF MEWAR (R.1761-73) RIDING AN ELEPHANT IN PROCESSION
opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, framed
gouache on paper
leaf: 26.5 by 47.7cm., 10 7/16 by 18 3/4 in. painting: 21.7 by 42.5cm., 8 1/2 by 16 3/4 in.
circa 1770
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Catalogue Note

After the death of Sangram Singh in 1734, Mewar entered a period of steady decline characterised by a series of ineffectual rulers. Maharana Ari Singh (1761-73) succeeded to the throne upon the death of his nephew Raj Singh (1754-61), possibly by poison. Ari Singh was said to have a vile temper and his oppressive nature further contributed to the disintegration of Mewar. However during his reign there was a prolific production of paintings, usually depicting the Maharana riding in processions or giving chase on the hunt. Unfortunately it was on the hunting field that Ari Singh met his death, assassinated by a Bundi prince in 1773 (See Topsfield 1980, nos.154-180 for further depictions of Ari Singh).

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London