An image of Portrait of Raja Kesari Singhji of Jodhpur on horseback

Unknown Artist

Portrait of Raja Kesari Singhji of Jodhpur on horseback

Not on display
Further information

This painting in the Marwari style depicts the rajah of Jodhpur on horseback, accompanied by an entourage of courtiers. The bold colours, strong linework and formal composition set against a flat background are typical of this style. The rajah wears the distinctive turban of the region, while his dappled horse is decorated with a patterned rug, tassels across his chest and ribbons in his mane. The painting conforms to a fairly standard format of equestrian portrait, and its static formality shows the influence of the Mughal style. The rulers of Jodhpur had a complex and uneasy relationship with their imperial overlords, nevertheless the Mughals had a profound impact on the art of this Rajput court.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.44.

Place of origin
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Cultural origin
Marwar style
circa 1830
Painting, Watercolour
opaque watercolour on paper
27.2 x 20.3 sight; 47.0 x 37.6 x 1.8 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Margaret Olley 2000
Accession number