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Raja Umaid Singh of Kotah (r. 1771-1819) hawking c. 1810 Place made: Kotah, Rajasthan, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, miniatures, opaque watercolour, gold Support: paper
Rajput court painters developed a tradition of depicting rulers pursuing royal pastimes. The portraits were intended to glorify rulers and to convey aspects of their appearance and personality. Here Maharao Umaid Singh of Kotah (now Kota) engages in hawking, a sport of the elite. The small painting captures Umaid Singh’s passion for hunting and horsemanship, while his ornate costume suggests great wealth. The golden nimbus is an allusion to the Rajputs’ divine right to rule. The painter, Salagram, was probably from a family of Rajasthani artists.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label