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Prince and Ladies in a Garden

Artist:
Nidha Mal
Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
mid-18th century
Geography:
India, Lucknow
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
10 5/8 x 7 3/8in. (27 x 18.7cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.302
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
This scene of leisure typifies the gracious style of later Mughal painting practiced at provincial centers such as Lucknow in the eighteenth century. Here, a prince and his consort smoke a huqqa, attended by ladies in the pleasant surroundings of a walled palace garden. Nidha Mal, a talented artist of the Delhi-based court of Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah (r. 1719–48), later moved to Lucknow, where he continued to paint in the refined and naturalistic Delhi style.
[ Terence McInerney, New York, until 2001; sold to MMA]
Dalrymple, William, and Yuthika Sharma. "in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857." In Princes and Painters. New Haven and London: Asia Society, 2012. no. 19, pp. 70-71, ill. p. 71 (color).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 60, no. 2 (2001-2002). p. 10, ill. (color).



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