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Prince and Ladies in a Garden

Nidha Mal
Object Name:
Illustrated single work
mid-18th century
Made in India, Lucknow
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
10 5/8 x 7 3/8in. (27 x 18.7cm)
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
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.
[ Terence McInerney, New York, until 2001; sold to MMA]
New York. Asia Society. "Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857," February 7, 2012–May 6, 2012, no. 19.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 60, no. 2 (2001–2002). p. 10, ill. (color).

Dalrymple, William, and Yuthika Sharma. "in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857." In Princes and Painters. New Haven and London: Asia Society, 2012. no. 19, pp. 70-71, ill. p. 71 (color).

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