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Portrait of Tilakayat Govardhanlal, signed by Ghasiram Hardev Sharma (1830-1931). Nathdwara, circa 1900. Opaque watercolour on wasli. 59 x 44.6cm.
Inscription (below, enlarged): chiara ghasirama hardeva thee, navi haveli; Artist Ghasiram Hardeva residing at Navi mansion.
Haveli translates as 'mansion' but in this instance refers to Shrinathji Temple, also known as 'Haveli of Shrinathji’Revered by artists and patrons of paintings at Nathdwara, from the time of his work there and to succeeding generations including today's, Ghasiram Sharma has recently been elevated to the status of Indian master painter. Recent publications have brought greater understanding and appreciation of the artist and his work. These include 'Interaction of Cultures: Indian and Western Painting 1780-1910. The Ehrenfeld Collection', Bautze, Virginia 1998, pp. 64-67; 'Krishna as Shri Nathji: Rajasthani Paintings from Nathdwara', Amit Ambalal, New York 1987, pp.85-89; Ghasiram's Sketchbooks: An Artist's Eye to the Future in 'The Artists of Nathdwara: The Practice of Painting in Rajasthan', Tina Lyons, Indiana 2004, pp.168-202; Ghasiram Sharma in 'Masters of Indian Painting Vol.II, 1650-1900', Eds. MC Beach, E Fischer, BN Goswamy, Ascona 2011, pp.779-790.
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