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Maharao Ram Singh II of Kota Riding His Horse on the Palace Roof

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia


Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

20 3/4 x 27 15/16 inches (52.7 x 71.0 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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The 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.