Historical period(s)
ca. 1750
Basohli or Mankot Court
Pahari School
Brush drawing on paper
H x W (overall): 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in)
India, Punjab Hills, Jammu and Kashmir, Basohli or Mankot
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


India, WWII-era provenance

Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1899-1975), Lahore, Pakistan [1]

To about 1970
Jagdish Mittal, Hyderabad, India, to about 1970 [2]

From about 1970
Unknown European collector (#1), purchased from Jagdish Mittal about 1970 [3]

Unknown European collector (#2) [4]

To 2006
Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York City, to 2006 [5]

From 2006
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. in 2006


[1] The painting was formerly in the collection of Abdur Rahman Chughtai (died 1975), one of Pakistan's leading twentieth century artists. Chughtai developed a modern style that drew upon Mughal and Pahari painting; he was also a collector of Mughal and Rajput works on paper. The painting's verso bears two signatures of Chughtai, as well as two obliterated stamps indicating that the painting was catalogued as part of the Chughtai private museum (which features the artist's twentieth-century paintings) in Lahore. Although there is no written documentation concerning this painting's provenance beyond the verso inscriptions, it is known to have been sold to a western collector, as were other pre-modern works from Chughtai's collection, sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

The drawing fragment, which has been in two European private collections successively over the last four decades, was earlier in the collection of Jagdish Mittal of Hyderabad, India. Mr. Mittal acquired the bulk of his painting collection in the 1950s and 1960s. The fragment is reported to have left India in the early 1970s (according to Curatorial Remark 1, Debra Diamond, September 5, 2006, in the object record).

[2] According to the seller, September 1, 2006, as noted in the object record (see Curatorial Remark 2). Also, see note 1.

[3] See note 2.

[4] See note 2.

[5] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Jagdish Mittal
Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd.
Abdur Rahman Chughtai 1897 - 1975


This drawing of an ascetic, with its alertly beatific expression, craggy profile, deepset eye, and naturalistically draped robe, point towards the increasing observation from life characteristic of mid and late eighteenth-century painting in Guler, when Mughal drawing techniques and style were adopted.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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