EXPLOSION ON BOAT, KUTCH c1800, GOUACHE ON PAPER, 36.5 x 27 CM. PORTVALE COLLECTION – TAASA Review June 2010

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of the horse and rider on the ground anchor the composition, but do not identify or contextualise the central figure.

The costume of the rider, the red scabbard of his sword, and the long rifle differentiate him as a warrior of worth.

What lifts the painting above its not especially expert rendering of the horse is the warrior’s craggy face...