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A court beauty

  • loan
  • Description

    This flamboyant picture of an idealised heroine is an enhanced version of the languorous female figures often found in Rajput palace mural decoration. It can be attributed to Chokha, the son of Bakhta (his painting Rawat Gokul Das at the Singh Sagar is also featured below [LI118.80]), who worked both at Udaipur and the minor court of Deogarh during the first quarter of the 19th century. His idiosyncratic works are full of brio and eclectic invention.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Udaipur (place of creation)
    1805 - 1810
    attributed to Chokha (active 1799 - c. 1826) (artist)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold and silver on cotton cloth
    frame 139.8 x 82 x 4 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 124 x 60 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton,
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    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 112 on p. 260, p. 20, illus. p. 261

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