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Maharaja Balwant Singh and a goose

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  • Description

    In this enigmatic drawing by Nainsukh, Balwant Singh stands in a walled courtyard, shown in plan form. The Raja holds a sword, grasping his patka sash end with his other hand. He gazes pensively at a small goose, the only other figure present, and the goose looks back at him. Very little colour is used, though the Raja has pink slippers.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab Hills Jasrota (place of creation)
    1750 - 1760
    attributed to Nainsukh (c. 1710 - 1778) (artist)
    Associated people
    Balwant Singh, Maharaja of Jasrota (1723 - 1763) (subject)
    Material and technique
    brush drawing with colour on paper
    frame 37.9 x 49 x 2.1 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 27.6 x 38.8 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. 72 on p. 170, pp. 17, 19, 172, & 174, illus. p. 171

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