Maharaja Bhim Singh with Consort, Devgarh, Mewar Rajasthan, circa 1810
Gouache heightened with gold on paper, narrow inner black and yellow borders, wide outer red border with Devanagari inscription
painting: 15.2 by 9.8cm.
leaf: 18.5 by 13cm.
The thikana of Devgarh was ruled by the descendants of the Ranas of Udaipur and was a powerful fiefdom situated in the Aravalli hills. During the eighteenth and early ninteenth century Bakhta and his son Chokha were instrumental in developing the distinctive Devgarh style, characterised by stocky figures and a rich palette. Stylistically this painting relates to the work of Chokha and his followers. Here Maharana Bhim Singh (r.1778-1828) is depicted alongside a consort; Maharana Bhim Singh is believed to have fathered more than a hundred children.
Provenance: Sotheby's London, Art of Imperial India, 8th October, 2014, Lot 279