Rama and Lakshmana Visit the Hermitage of an Ascetic

Artist: Attributed to a first-generation master after Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78)

Date: ca. 1775–80

Culture: India (Pahari Hills, Guler or Kangra)

Medium: Red ochre and wash on paper

Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 11 3/8 in. (21.3 x 28.9 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: 2008.359.23


This sketch is likely a scene from the Ramayana illustrating Lakshmana and Rama along with their army visiting an ascetic and his followers. The rapid gestural quality of the sketch fits well with other preparatory drawings attributed to artists who followed the great master Nainsukh within the Seu family workshops in the Punjab Hills.