Attributed to a master of the first generation after Manaku, probably Fattu Pahari, Basohli or Guler, circa 1765
Illustration from the ‘Large Basohli Bhagavata Purana’ series, also known as the ‘Fifth Basohli Bhagavata Purana’
Red borders, descriptive text on reverse in gurmukhi and devanagari, inscribed ‘painting 140/chapter 45’ in devanagari
The series, including the present painting, formerly the Property of Mrs F. K. Smith,
sold at Sotheby's, London, 1 February 1960, lots 1-63
This painting subsequently sold at Sotheby's, London, 17-18 June 1978, lot 150
P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., London, June 1979
This painting is from an important series known as the 'Large Basohli Bhagavata Purana' or the 'Fifth Basohli Bhagavata Purana' series. Finely executed and in remarkably good condition, it is important as a milestone in the development of
painting in the Pahari courts and as a key example of the work of the family of Manaku and Nainsukh, sons of Seu, the leading family of artists in Guler and Basohli in the 17th century. The series has been attributed to Fattu (c.1725-c.1785),
son of Manaku, nephew of Nainsukh, and shows influence from both of those senior artists. One painting bears a possible date of 1769 (Binney Collection, San Diego Museum of Art, see Goswamy and Smith 2006, no.93, pp.222-223), although this has been disputed, and it is likely that the series as a whole took several years to complete. The series was formerly in the collection of a Mrs F. K. Smith and was dispersed at auction in 1960 (Sotheby's, London, Important Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, 1 February 1960, lots 1-93). Many are now in museum collections including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Rietberg Museum, Zurich.
The series is discussed and illustrated as follows: Archer and Binney 1968, nos.55a-b, pp.74-75 Archer 1973, vol.I, pp.49-51, vol.II, nos.22i-xiii, pp.36-39 Archer 1976, nos.8-10, pp.14-19 Leach 1995, vol.II, nos.11.50-11.54, pp.1048-1053 Mason 2001, no.80, p.188 Goswamy and Smith 2005, nos.92-93, pp.220-223 Goswamy and Fischer 2011b, pp. 687-699, nos.1a-1d.