A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN

A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN
A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN
A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN
A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN
A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN

A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN

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A PORTRAIT OF A COURTESAN.
 

NORTH INDIA,RAJASTHAN,JAIPUR,CIRCA 1860-70 PERIOD



OPAQUE WATERCOLOUR HEIGHTENED WITH GOLD ON PAPER..
THE REVERSE WITH PENCIL INSCRIPTION IN ENGLISH "COURTESAN OF ALWAR KINGDOM,JAIPUR,1870"

OVERALL PAINTING SIZE; 9.2 INCHES, (23.3CM) HIGH. 7 INCHES. (18CM) WIDE.


FOR A SIMILAR LARGER DEPICTION,SEE MESSRS BONHAMS,INDIAN,HIMALAYAN & SOUTH EAST ASIAN ART,NEW YORK,18TH MARCH 2013,LOT 106 FOR FURTHER INTERESTING READING.


COURTESAN PORTRAITS WERE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SUBJECTS,PARTICULARLY IN LUCKNOW,WHERE A THRIVING MERCHANT MIDDLE CLASS BEGAN TO COMMISSION PAINTINGS THAT REFLECTED THEIR LIFESTYLE.
"COURTESANS UNDERWENT RIGOUROUS TRAINING TO ENSURE THEY WOULD PLEASE AND ENTERTAIN THEIR PATRONS. MANY BELONGED TO FAMOUS LINEAGES IN THE 19TH CENTURY AND WERE THE HIGHEST TAX BRACKETS WITH THE LARGEST INCOMES OF ANYONE IN LUCKNOW"  (MASSELOS,1997,P 216)




FOR CONDITION REPORTS,QUERIES OR ANYTHING ELSE,GDEXTERHILL@HOTMAIL.COM OR 07884091348 

 

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