Bishen Singh as a Young Man

This prince is formally presented in profile holding a flower and a sword. He stands silhouetted against a blue sky on a variegated field of grass and flowers. Animating this refined portrait are frolicking birds and a band of threatening rain clouds on the skyline. Artists in the small state of Uniara initially drew on the neighboring Bundi and Kota court styles, but by the end of the eighteenth century, when the state had become politically allied with Jaipur, this contact was reflected in their painting. The style of the turban and especially the diaphanous flared robe exemplify this artistic exchange with Jaipur.

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper


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