, Maharaja Bhim Singh of Marwar (r. 1793-1803) Enlarge 1 /1
Marwar painting, Jodhpur style Maharaja Bhim Singh of Marwar (r. 1793-1803) c. 1780 Place made: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, tin, gold Support: paper
Dimensions: image 22.2 h x 15.9 w cm border 29.3 h x 22.9 w cm mount 31.6 h x 23.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1383
Subject: Royalty Portrait: male
  • 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.

This painting was created in Marwar, a princely state in the present-day region of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Jodhpur court portraiture was heavily influenced by Mughal styles, especially because many Mughal painters sought work in the Rajput kingdoms. Here the richly dressed and bejewelled Maharaja Vijay Singh (1753–93) is presented in profile, as was the convention for portraiture of the time. Vijay Singh ruled twice, once from 1752 until 1753 and again from 1772 to 1793. The halo surrounding his head suggests divine right to rule.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label