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Portraits in princely India, 1700-1947 /

Portraits in princely India, 1700-1947 /
DK Number:DK-186590
ISBN: 8185026866
Title: Portraits in princely India, 1700-1947 /
Author: edited by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones.
Imprint: Mumbai : Published by Marg Publications on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts,
Physical Desc.: 136 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 32 cm.
Year: 2008
Price: USD 65.00
Nature Of Scope: Contributed articles.
Subject Strings: Portrait painting, Indic--History.
  India--Kings and rulers--Portraits.
More books by: Llewellyn-Jones, Rosie, 1939-
  National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai, India)
  More books on topic: Art History
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Royal portraiture had an important place in the projection of the rulers in pre-colonial and colonial India. The portraits in the pre-colonial era established the ruler’s dynastic credentials and they were laden with symbols of royalty even while presenting the princes in their context—their courtiers, soldiers, women etc. However, with the entry of the European artists came a new style of portraiture that presented the rulers in life-size portraits. New props were introduced to lend majesty to the subjects and the indigenous artists were influenced by the new styles and paint mediums. Photography further produced another radical change as now princes were pictured in different ways. The book covers royal portraiture from the early eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century in an attempt to study the depiction of the royal figures and scenes as well as look behind the immediate figure of the rulers and the outward show to discover what the men and women wanted to say about themselves to the viewer. The volume analyses the different styles of portraiture favoured by the rulers and the motives behind the pictures. It examines the rulers at war, in the durbar, visiting shrines, in processions and receiving ambassadors. The stories behind the portraits are also discussed: why they were commissioned and by whom. It interprets the gaze of the rulers portrayed and their life story to throw light on important matters of princely life and rule in India with the advent of the British. It discusses Company artists in the princely courts of India. There are splendid portraits and paintings of the Nawabs of the Lucknow Court (1775-1856), the Tanjore Maratha Court, the Hyderabad Court and the Maharajas of Jaipur. It presents photographs that capture the rulers trying to maintain their dignity in the context of colonial administration and political upheavals. The volume will enthrall a range of readers particularly historians, artists, and photographers interested in the life and luxury of the princes and regional rulers of India.


Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
IntroductionRosie Llewellyn-Jones8
Artists from afar: company painters in the princely courts of India 1770-1900Charles Greig16
Portraits of the Nawabs: images from the Lucknow court 1775-1856Rosie Llewellyn-Jones30
Portraiture at the Tanjore Maratha court: toward modernity in the early 19th centuryIndira Viswanathan Peterson44
Hyderabad: 150 years of court paintingsRosie Llewellyn-Jones58
Dressed for success: Indian princes and western symbols of powerAmin Jaffer68
Dazzling baubles: gems and jewels in princely portraitsUsha Bala Krishnan82
Depicting ringship: portraits of the maharajas of JaipurVibhuti Sachdev and Giles Tillotson98
Presenting an image: princely photography in IndiaSophie Gordon110
Imperial politicians and bejewelled barons: changing representations of Indian princes after 1858Barbara N. Ramusack124

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