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A young Maharaja hawking [A boy Raja, hawk on wrist on a red horse with one dismounted retainer] 1810 Place made: Kota (Kotah), Rajasthan, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, gold Support: paper

Primary Insc: Inscribed u.c., above image, gold ink, in Devanagari script.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed l.r., within image, black ink 'GA.P.9'; inscribed l.r., below image, black ink 'GA.P.9'; stamped l.r., below image, black ink, seal of ownership; inscribed verso, pencil '9 / inscription in gold / P.9. / For another study in green / by same artist see P.210 / Read ins_n at Top / First treated with parchment size washed on / (not satisf_y) / The set with spirit lac blown on. / Dated 1867 Sambat / + 1810A.D.'; inscribed verso u.c., black ink 'GAP.9 / Read w[?] & Expose / Jaipur '27'.
Dimensions: image 25.3 h x 15.9 w cm mount 30.9 h x 18.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1336
Subject: Portrait: male: equestrian Royalty
  • acquired in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, possibly from descendants of the artist, by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1927
  • exported from India by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1930
  • held in the collection of Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson and Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson, Pasha, both of The Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1927-1953
  • who gave it to the Commonwealth of Australia, 1953
  • held by National Library of Australia, Canberra, after transfer from London, 1954-1991
  • transferred to the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1991
  • The collecting history of this painting is partial. The earliest confirmed transaction is its purchase by the donor in India in 1927. It is known that the donor purchased many works in Jaipur in 1927 from the descendants of the artists who created them, and this painting may be one of those. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1927.