Attributed to Chokha (Indian, active 1799–ca. 1826)
Western India, Rajasthan, Udaipur or Devgarh
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
15 x 16 1/8 in. (38.1 x 41 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1996
Not on view
Chokha was the son of the renowned painter Bagra, whose work is exhibited nearby. Both trained in the large atelier in the Mewar court at Udaipur and then worked as favored artists of the ruler of Devgarh, a feudal state of Mewar. The family style was continued at Devgarh by Chokha’s son, Baijnath, who with his father evolved a distinctive approach characterized in part by a preference for deep shading, including nocturnal scenes and stylized, silhouetted portraits. It is unclear whether this equestrian portrait was made in Udaipur or in neighboring Devgarh during a recorded visit of the Mewari ruler Maharana Bhim Singh, depicted here with a golden nimbus. He is accompanied by an entourage that includes bearers with his hookah, fly whisk, and fan; a prized hunting dog wearing a golden coat; and a falconer.