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Portrait of Maharaja Pratap Singh (1764–1803)

Portrait of Maharaja Pratap Singh (1764–1803)

c. 1793

attributed to Sahib Ram

(Indian, active 1745–1803)
Overall: 61.4 x 40.5 cm (24 3/16 x 15 15/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

Maharaja Pratap Singh came to the throne in the princely state of Jaipur in 1778 at the age of 14, about 15 years before this portrait was painted. He was a poet and patron of the arts known for commissioning the famous “Palace of the Winds” in Jaipur. At his court he maintained an atelier of about 50 painters, among whom was a Muslim master, Sah ib Ram, to whom this painting is attributed.

Pratap Singh was a devotee of the Hindu god Krishna, and the mark on his forehead testifies to this affiliation. Though highly stylized, this portrait is recognizable as an image of Singh because of his profile and the distinctive curl of hair at the nape of his neck.
  • ?–1975
    (Doris Wiener Gallery, New York, NY, sold to Paul F. Walter)
    1975–2002?
    Paul F. Walter, New York
    2002
    (Sotheby's, 2002 sale, sold to Dr. Norman Zaworski)
    2002–2011
    Dr. Norman Zaworski [1920–2013], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    2011–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Pal, Pratapaditya and Catherine Ann Glynn. The Sensuous Line: Indian Drawings from the Paul F. Walter Collection. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976. Reproduced: cover and cat. no. 14, p. 22
  • Indian Gallery 242 Rotation – April-November 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (April 2-November 18, 2018).
    The Sensuous Line: Indian Drawings from the Paul F. Walter Collection. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (June 22-August 29, 1976).
  • {{cite web|title=Portrait of Maharaja Pratap Singh (1764–1803)|url=false|author=Sahib Ram|year=c. 1793|access-date=18 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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