Recto: A raja smoking a hookah, probably Raja Dhrub Dev of Jasrota; verso: lady on a terrace

Historical period(s)
recto: ca.1690-1700
Medium
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions
H x W (painting): 15.9 × 15 cm (6 1/4 × 5 15/16 in) H x W (overall): 20 × 15.6 cm (7 7/8 × 6 1/8 in)
Geography
India, Jammu and Kashmir state, Jammu
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Collection
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection
Accession Number
S2018.1.6
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
hookah, India, man, portrait, raja, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, smoking
Provenance

To 1872
Sir Thomas Phillips (1792-1872), U.K. [1]

1974
Sale, London, Sotheby’s, Oriental Manuscripts, Indian and Persian Miniatures, November 27, 1974, lot. 785: “A Portrait of a Bearded Hill Raja.” [2]

2000
Sale, South Kensington, London, Christie's, Islamic and Oriental Works of Art, April 13, 2000, lot no. 317: “Portrait of a Rajah.” [3]

From 2000 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased at auction, “Islamic and Oriental Works of Art,” Christie's, South Kensington, London, April 13, 2000, lot no. 317, “Portrait of a Rajah.” [4]

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glyn Benkaim. [5]

Notes:

[1] See Sotheby’s, London auction catalogue, Oriental Manuscripts, Indian and Persian Miniatures, November 27, 1974.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Christies, South Kensington, London auction catalogue, Islamic and Oriental Works of Art, April 13, 2000.

[4] See note 3.

[5] See Acquisition Justification Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
Sotheby's (London)
Christie's (London)
Sir Thomas Phillips English, 1792 - 1872

Label

Portraits of Dhrub Dev with his distinctive high beaked nose were produced by painters from Mankot, Jasrota and Jammu. In the manner typical of Mankot, Jasrota, and Jammu portraiture in the early eighteenth century, the artist composed the image by combining plan views (carpet and tray) with frontal representations (figure, bolster, hookah). This painting is ascribed to Jammu because of the uncolored buff paper background and the colors, which are more subdued than those used at Mankot and Jasrota. The sober palette creates a dramatic, yet sensitive, image.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum