Exhibitions/ Art Object

Elephants in Combat

Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Kotah)
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
Image (sight): 10 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (27.3 x 59.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.359.15
Not on view
This preparatory drawing reveals the process of experimentation undertaken by an artist struggling with capturing the action of fighting elephants. Here, reworkings in charcoal are preserved, unlike in finished ink drawings, where the preparatory charcoal is subsequently erased. Variations of this combat scene are known from many paintings.
Signature: Cf. Terrance McInerney, Indian Drawing: An Exhibition chosen by Howard Hodgkin, London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1983, fig. 27.

Cf., Rosemary, Crill, Marwar Painting: A history of the Jodhpur style, Mumbai: India book house Ltd., 1999.
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