MAHARANA JAGAT SINGH II AND HIS SARDARS WATCHING A NAUTCH, C. 1748, UDAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA, OPAQUE WATER COLOUR AND GOLD ON PAPER. FELTON BEQUEST, 1980. COLLECTION OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA – TAASA Review June 2013

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paintings, and are grouped in various vignettes that enliven the scene and contextualise the participants.

Similar modelling and shading, palette, costumes and physiognomy is seen in each example. A final comparison serves to highlight some of the adjustments made by Indian artists when painting in the Company style.

The NGV collection includes a painting from the Mewar kingdom in Rajasthan, which shows a nautch dance performance in the Udaipur palace before Maharana Jagat Singh II and his sardars (princes, leaders, nobles)...