An image of Palace being prepared for festivities

Unknown Artist

Palace being prepared for festivities

Other titles:
Jaipur palace being prepared for festivities
Not on display
Further information

This rather late painting from the court of Jaipur is unusual in representing an everyday scene from courtly life rather than the highly romanticised or religious themes common to Rajput miniatures. It shows a courtier directing the servants of the court as they lay out carpets for an event, perhaps a performance or the daily 'darbar', or audience, with the maharajah. It is interesting to note the attempt at using perspective and the documentary style of the composition, which relinquish previously accepted pictorial conventions.

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

Place of origin
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
India: Rajput circa 1500–1947
19th century
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
opaque watercolour on paper
21.8 x 30.7 cm image; 28.5 x 37.5 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Bequest of Mr J. Kitto 1986
Accession number