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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.215
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Horse with a One-Eyed Groom
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1825 - 1850
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, Pakistan, Punjab, Lahore
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217175
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold and metallic gray pigment
Dimensions
18 x 22.6 cm (7 1/16 x 8 7/8 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1983 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of long-term loan to Museum in 1983.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.202.215
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The painting depicts the horse of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (r. 1792-1801), leader of the Sikh Empire. The caparisoned horse is white, gray, and dappled. A groomsman stands in front of the horse, holding onto the blue reins with both hands. The groom wears a long, white tunic and an orange turban and waist saks (patka). He has a small mustache and is missing his left eye.
Publication History

Stuart Cary Welch, Room for Wonder : Indian Painting During the British Period, 1760-1880, exh. cat., American Federation of Arts (New York, NY, 1978), Page 122-123/Figure 54

Samina Quraeshi, Lahore: The City Within, Concept Media Pte Ltd (Singapore, 1988), page 107

Exhibition History

Poignant, Picturesque, and Berserk Northern Indian Paintings and Objects of the Seventeenth through Nineteenth Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/08/1992 - 10/04/1992

The Way I Remember Them: Paintings by Nusra Latif Qureshi, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 02/20/2004 - 04/25/2004

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