Baba Bharath Singh Undressed

Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2004-149-55

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Mewar Region, India, Asia

c. 1750

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Image: 15 1/8 × 7 3/4 inches (38.4 × 19.7 cm) Sheet: 17 × 9 11/16 inches (43.2 × 24.6 cm) Mat: 16 × 24 inches (40.6 × 61 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004

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This unflattering portrayal of the Mewar nobleman Baba Bharath Singh stripped to his underpants lacks any sense of dignity, unlike his dressed image (see the link above). This rare pair of portraits may well reflect the actual discrediting of Baba Bharath Singh at the Mewar court, where he was once powerful and respected. In the late 1740s Baba Bharath Singh was implicated in an unsuccessful plot to kill the rightful ruler, Maharana Jagat Singh II, and usurp the throne. These two paintings may have been intended to humiliate Baba Bharath Singh in return for his treachery.