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).
In good condition, minor stains and creases, minor repainting, devanagari script on the upper border, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."