A PORTRAIT OF A LADY, INDIA, KISHANGARH, CIRCA 1790
pencil and watercolor on paper
14.3 by 9.9cm.
The lower right corner and a minor section of the low right border restored, some minor stains and minor smudges, the reverse with minor annotations, as viewed.
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Ex-collection John and Berthe Ford.
Acquired from R.E. Lewis Gallery, San Francisco.
Sotheby’s New York, 19 September 2008, lot 214.
The present work is an idealised portrait of a woman in profile. Painted with a wet brush and very slightly tinted, the work is executed in the trademark Kishangarh style, characterised by extremely delicate brush strokes and the very stylised elongated eye. A very similar portrait is in the Edwin Binney III Collection, see W.G. Archer, Rajput Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney III, Portland, 1968, p.43, no.29.