Maharana Sangram Singh II Hunts Hares at Naramangra
Western India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Overall: 18 1/2 x 33 1/16 in. (47 x 84 cm)
Purchase, Josephine L. Berger-Nadler and Dr. M. Leon Canick Gift, and Rogers Fund, 1996
Artists were routinely required to accompany Indian rulers and nobility on royal hunts to record the event, a practice established at the Mughal court. Here the maharana of Mewar, Sangram Singh II (r. 1710–34), identified by a radiant golden nimbus, races in pursuit of his hunting dogs, which close in for the kill. Typical of Udaipur painting, water and foliage define the foreground, creating pictorial depth; hillocks are silhouetted against a high, distant horizon. The skillfully orchestrated color choices, from the horses and riders to the tunics worn by the footmen, further animate the composition.