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Rajasthani Drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art

Andrew Topsfield (Author) Jagdish Mittal (Author)

This catalogue presents the Mittal Museum's Holdings of drawings from Rajasthan, which are among the finest of their kind in the world. The collection was formed with the superub eye and discriminating taste of Jagdish Mittal and his wife, Kamla. As trained artists they were quick to recognise the immediacy vand graphic inventiveness of these drawings, as well as their capacity to reveal the entire creative process. The text by Andrew Topsfield, one of the foremost authorities on Rajasthani art, shows a profound understanding of their style and aesthetic quality. Comprehensive in scope, with examples from Ajmer, Bikaner, Devgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Sawar, and Kishaangarh, the collection is especially rich in drawings from the Bundi-Kota region. Artists from the courts of Bundi and Kota are particularly renowned for the tremendous power and flair of their depictions of elephants and hunts, and the striking originality of their other subjects. The superb quality of the illustrations and the insightfulness of the text make this book an indispensable source for the study of Rajasthani art.

Contents: Preface; Drawings from Rajasthan; Catalogue; 1. Ajmer; 2. Bikaner; 3. Kishangarh; 4. Devgarh; 5. Jaipur; 6. Bundi and Kota; 7. Jodhpur; 8. Mewar; 9. Other Rajasthani Works; Maps; Bibliography.

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About the authors

Andrew Topsfield

Andrew Topsfield is Curator of Indian Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.  A specialist in Indian painting studies, he edited the Marg book Court Painting in Rajasthan (2000).  His recent publications include the comprehensive Court Painting at Udaipur (2002).  He has long been interested in Indian games, particularly the history of Snakes and Ladders. 

Jagdish Mittal

Jagdish Mittal, an artist turned art collector and art-historian, is an erudite scholar and a leading authority on India art. He is the Principal Trustee of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museums of India Art, Hyderabad, to which he and his wife, Kamla, gifted their unique art collection in 1976. In 1990, he was awarded the padma Shri by the Government of India. His research articles have been published in prestigious publications. His book Andhra Paintings of the Ramayana was published in 1969 by the Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi, Hyderabad.

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Title Rajasthani Drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.09.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190487280, 9788190487283
length vi+290p., Illustrations; Colour; 1 Map; 28cm.