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Portrait of Thakur Umrao Singh ji. Attributed to the artist Rahim ji.* Bikaner, early 19th century. Gouache on wasli. 32 x 24.2cm
In a hybrid style typical of Bikaner at the time after large scale migration of artists from Jaipur who by and large continued to paint in the Jaipuri manner.
Rajasthan's thikanas (feudal states within a kingdom) were granted with the title thakur (equivalent to a lord) by the maharaja in recognition for loyalty and service.
*Published, 'The Bikaner School; Usta Artisans and Their Heritage', Shanane Davis, 2008, plate 115.
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