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Elephants pushing cannons drawn by bullocks

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  • Description

    This powerful fragmentary drawing of artillery on the move may have been a study for wall-paintings showing an army on the march. The large carriage-mounted cannons are drawn by bullock teams and pushed from behind by the royal elephants. Master gunners, mainly European mercenaries, sit on each cannon giving directions. Elephants were widely used for extreme lifting and pushing, and heaving the artillery along was all in their day’s work.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Kota (place of creation)
    mid-18th century
    Material and technique
    brush drawing with colour on paper
    frame 159.1 x 171.7 x 3.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    mount 136 x 155 cm (height x width)
    painting 135.6 x 152.7 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • 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. 109 on p. 250, p. 20, illus. pp. 251 & 253

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