Marwar painting, Jodhpur style A nobleman smoking a huqqa, possibly Maharaja Ram Singh of Marwar (r. 1749-51, 1753-72) c. 1800 Place made: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, tin Support: paper
Primary Insc: Inscribed verso, u.c., black ink, in Devanagari and Nasta'liq scripts.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed l.l., within image, blue ink 'GA.P.107'; inscribed verso, pencil 'P107 / Check / Jodhpur / 107 / Jaipur / 1927'; inscribed verso, u.c., blue ink 'Translation Sir Singh Jethsingh of Chapavath Caste of Village Ava (in Marwar)'.
Dimensions: image 23.5 h x 19.5 w cm mount 30.8 h x 27.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1365
Subject: Portrait: male 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.