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Rajasthan, India

A seated ascetic [recto] c. 1800 Description: A seated ascetic [recto] | arabesque panel [verso]
Materials & Technique: paintings, painted sketches, charcoal, opaque watercolour; tinted brush drawing, pouncing Support: paper
Dimensions: image (recto) 6.4 h x 6.0 w cm support 15.7 h x 7.0 w cm mount 18.0 h x 11.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1388A
Subject: Portrait: male
  • acquired in Ajmer, Jaipur or Udaipur, 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 unconfirmed. The earliest confirmed transaction is its purchase by the donor in India in 1927. It is known that the donor purchased many works in Ajmer, Jaipur and Udaipur 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.