The Rajah Starting on a Hunt

Edwin Lord Weeks American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 766

Boston-born and Paris-trained, Edwin Lord Weeks was a leading expatriate painter, illustrator, photographer, writer, explorer, and collector as well as the first known American artist to visit India. This painting depicts preparations for a hunting expedition at a palace in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Likely dating from the artist’s 1892-93 trip to the country, he described the palace façade in his published accounts as "completely covered by tiers of projecting windows . . . wonderfully light and airy in effect." The striking period frame is not original to the painting, but suggests the "Orientalist"-style setting that Weeks favored for his work.

The Rajah Starting on a Hunt, Edwin Lord Weeks (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1849–1903 Paris), Oil on canvas., American

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