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Above: Rao Desalji II

Above: a thakur (landed gentry in service to the rao)

 

Two folios from a Company School/Anglo-Indian series of personages, castes and occupations of Kutch in Gujarat: Rao Desalji (19.3 x 17.1cm) a thakur (21.5 x 15.8cm). Kutch, probably at Bhuj, circa 1857- 59. Opaque watercolour on English Whatmans Turkey Mill watermarked paper, one with date 1857.

The portrait of Rao Desalji II was pasted onto paper (probably a near-contemporary album page) with an English hand-written inscription in ink: Rao of Kutch, 1859

In 1819 the British gained residency at Kutch and became on good terms with ruler Rao Desalji II (r. 1819-1860). The Suez Canal along with the development of the cotton trade brought new wealth; by mid-century local artists followed to gain British patronage for a highly competent and appealing variant on the Company School traditions which had been established elsewhere.

Inventory LC000183

Price: £1500

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Above: Whatmans watermark including date 1857

 

 

Above: Whatmans Turkey Mill watermark

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