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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

MAHARAO UMED SINGH I RECEIVES ZALIM SINGH JHALA
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

MAHARAO UMED SINGH I RECEIVES ZALIM SINGH JHALA
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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MAHARAO UMED SINGH I RECEIVES ZALIM SINGH JHALA
Ink with black chalk and white bodycolor on paper
image: 12 3/4 by 10 1/2 in. (30.5 by 26.6 cm)
India, Rajasthan, Kotah, circa 1771-80
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Provenance

Sam Fogg Ltd., London
Acquired mid 1990's

Catalogue Note

Maharao Umed Singh I of Kotah (r. 1771-1819) seated with his powerful chief minister Zalim Singh Jhala (1730-1823) against bolsters on an outdoor mat beneath an awning, accompanied by a Maratha sardar and a courtier.  Two attendants stand behind holding a morchal and  a chowrie as symbols of royal authority.  Perhaps this is a war council, Zalim Singh Jhala (wearing a Bundi-style khadgar pagri) was commander of the army of Kotah in its battles against Sawai Madho Singh of Jaipur during the reign of Maharao Shatru Sal I - their swords close at hand and their shields reflexively pulled to chest height. 

A very vigorous black ink drawing created for transfer - as evidenced by the tiny pinpricks along the ink outlined subjects and the overall application of black charcoal dust used for pouncing and transfer.  White bodycolor used to correct outlines and clarify the composition, seen in stark relief to the charcoal ground, heightens the abstracted effect.  Other corrected sections with numerous pentimenti - or rethought areas - spread across the composition.  

For a detail from another drawing of the same four figures and likely by the same hand see Stuart Cary Welch, Gods Kings and Tigers: the Art of Kotah, New York, 1997 fig.12, pp. 50-53.

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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