This antique miniature painting depicts the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658) riding on a pale grey horse, the maharaja wears a diaphanous jama, pearl necklace and jewels, his prancing horse wears jewelled trappings. He is seen accompanied by princes behind him, also on horseback, who are presumably his sons Dara Shikoh, Shah Shuja and Aurangzeb and accompanied by a servant on foot carrying a fan.
Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper Mid- 19th Century, Awadh School Lucknow India. 17cm x 22.5cm. Painting is fine. Unframed. Private Collection London.
Painting in Awadh falls into two sharp]y defined categories as regards the subject, style and technique. The first represents the continuation of the later Mughal tradition with certain Rajput characteristics. This style flourished from 1750 to 1800, but declined as a Court style after the death of Nawab Asaf-ud Daula, The second is dominated by European influences. Its seeds were sown during the reign of Kawab Shuja-nd Daula, who showed a fancy for his likenesses by European painters. But this style found its particular development under the patronage of French and Swiss patrons, While both styles developed on parallel lines, the latter gradually superseded the former so much so that by the end of the eighteenth century it was only the Indo-British style to flourish in Awadh with Lucknow as it's centre where the European population abounded.
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