Prince and Ladies in a Garden

Nidha Mal Indian

Not on view

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.

Prince and Ladies in a Garden, Nidha Mal (Indian, active ca. 1735–75), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.