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Jaipur style Rajasthan, India, Jaipur
Desakhya ragini [Acrobats performing] late 18th century Place made: Rajasthan, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, gold, tin Support: paper
Primary Insc: Inscribed upper left to upper right above image, in black ink, in Devanagari script. Inscribed on verso upper centre, in black ink, in Devanagari script.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower right, in black ink "G-A.P208" Inscribed lower right below image, in pencil "P.208". Inscribed lower centre below image, in pencil "See over... P.". Inscribed on verso centre, in pencil 'p.208 / "Second Ragini 'Desasha of the / Rag Hidoli" / This second Ragini of Dol Rag refer p15" Inscribed lower right, in pencil "93". Inscribed centre right, in black ink "[two stamps]".
Dimensions: image 15.7 h x 9.9 w cm border 29.8 h x 21.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1395
Subject: Ragamala painting Acrobats
  • 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.