Indian and Himalayan Art
Maharao Ram Singh II of Kota Riding His Horse on the Palace RoofMade in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Currently not on view
2004-149-68125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004
LabelThe curious event shown in this painting actually occurred at the Kota Palace in 1850. Maharao Ram Singh II invited his courtiers to dress in pink and watch him ride his horse on the palace roof. The man in black is the local British political agent who attended the event. Ram Singh II was clearly quite eccentric and probably just as arrogant, but he was also, arguably, the last great patron of court painting in India.