Likely attributable to the Mughal-trained artist Ruknuddin (active 1650-97) who was active in the royal workshop of Maharaja Anup Singh (r. 1669-98) of Bikaner during whose reign our painting was almost certainly executed. He was one of the eminent names to have emerged from that atelier and his specialty seems to have been exquisitely rendered court ladies like our present example. The very high quality of our present portrait suggests the hand of the master of that studio Ruknuddin. Perhaps more than any other Rajasthani school Bikaner was at the intersecting point of Rajasthani, Mughal and Deccani painting traditions - our own painting revealing the influences of all three.
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