Maharana Jagat Singh II Amuses Himself in His Pleasure Palace
Artist/maker unknown, Indian
This large-format painting is one of many detailed works created for the rulers of Mewar (modern Udaipur in Rajasthan) depicting celebrations, pleasures, and incidents in the palace. Here the hefty and haloed Maharana Jagat Singh II (ruled 1734-51) appears three times-shooting buffalo in the foreground, swimming with his women in the water pavilion, and standing in the courtyard surrounded by more of his women. The pleasure palace, tilted downward to simultaneously display full details of exterior and interior, was one actually built by this ruler. The painting furnishes the minutiae of palace life, including information about the original hydraulic system. The hexagonal pump house with its water-wheels stands in the middle of the lake to supply the pleasure pools and fountains of the island-palace.