This is a very rare, or possibly unique, double-portrait of the two least-often depicted (and shortest-reigned) maharanas since the origin of Mewar portraiture during the Seventeenth Century. Rana Pratap reigned only for a brief three years before dying at the age of 29 - the throne of Udaipur ascended by Raj Singh II at the youthful age of 10. In later portraits, after his succession, Raj appears shaven, no longer resembling the beard-style of his father - but his face easily recognizable.
In two portraits of Raj Singh II riding a horse and an elephant in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (AS168-1980 and AS166-1980) we see the youthful equestrian maharana with his pagri decorated with small white narcissus blossoms as in our present painting. For similar works, see Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no. 2004.40, and National Gallery of Victoria, accession no. AS168-1980.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale