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General Surveys of Schools of Rajasthani Painting: Kotah

Title:General Surveys of Schools of Rajasthani Painting: Kotah
Author:Archer, W.G.
Enumeration:Vol. 11 Issue no. 2; March 1958, p. 65-67
Abstract:Colonel T.G. Gayer-Anderson, who "discovered" Kota painting, presented his collection of Rajasthani paintings to the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) in 1952, and some of these paintings are reproduced to show the development of this school, principally in the reigns of Umed Singh (1771-1820) and Ram Singh ( 1828-68). Although its first patrons were Raja Ram Singh (1686-1708) and Arjun Singh (1720-24), Kota painting proper began with Umed Singh, mainly in the hunting scenes, which abandon all attempts at realism. In about 1800, there was a gradual reversion to naturalistic representations, as evident in the paintings (sometimes dated) showing court scenes of the time of Ram Singh. After Ram Singh, the paintings lost their artistic merit. However, the early style of Umed Singh's period re-emerges in the series of pen-and-ink sketches, perhaps executed for British residents in the late 19th century.

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