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Exhibitions/ Art Object

Elephants in Combat

early 19th century
India (Rajasthan, Kotah)
Charcoal on paper
Image (sight): 10 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (27.3 x 59.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
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.
Possibly Shri Parshotam Ram Kapoor , Jalandhar and New Delhi, India ; Subhash Kapoor , New York (until 2008; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.

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