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A RAJA CARRIED IN A STATE PALKI (Palanquin). Rajasthani school, about 1780 Painting on paper, damaged at the corners. J. C. French collection
A RAJA CARRIED IN A STATE PALKI (Palanquin)


Compared to the last subject, this portrait shows much less Mughal influence; it is typical of the more remote states, such as Jaisalmer, surrounded by the desert and still today only accessible by camel. The painting is inscribed on the back with the name Son Singh, but no Raja of this name is recorded. His features resemble a portrait of Amar Singh of Jaisalmer.
The painting shows the mixture of familiarity and reverence so characteristic of Rajput sentiment. Because it expresses this ancient sentiment it is more living and vigorous than those dominated by Mughal example.
The horizon is closed with a pattern derived from an old Persian convention of rocky hills.