This and the following lot are from the period of Garwhal that has been described by W. G. Archer as "Phase Three" circa 1815-1875. Numerous series were apparently painted there including at least one sizable Ramayana series from which our paintings originate. Among the artists at work there were Jwala Ram (son of Mola Ram - from the previous generation at Garwhal) and Chaitu whose name is known via an inscribed Ramayana illustration in the Bharat Kala Bhavan, Benaras, found in W.G. Archer, Indian Painting from the Punjab Hills, London, 1973, vol. I, p. 120-1 and vol. II, p. 90, cat. 35.
Our paintings are consistent with attributed works by Chaitu in color palette, spare compositions with smoothly curving horizon lines and schematic cloud shapes with distinctive facial types and polished surfaces.
For similar work, see Sotheby's London, 17 June 1999, lot 54, and P. D. Colnaghi, London, 1978, p. 108, cat. 88.
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