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Image of Colonel James Tod and Guru Gyanchandra riding elephants near Udaipur

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Colonel James Tod and Guru Gyanchandra riding elephants near Udaipur

Possibly Ghasi, Indian, b. 1820s

Creation date: October 1822
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.663
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 12 1/8 in. x 17 27/32 in. (30.8 cm x 45.3 cm)

Provenance

Eyre & Grieg Ltd., London, England ( - May 17, 1986)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (May 17, 1986 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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SASAPA December 2014
Colonel James Tod and Guru Gyanchandra riding elephants near Udaipur
Northern India, Udaipur; October 1822 Opaque watercolor on paper
In 1818, James Tod was appointed Resident, or political advisor, to the court of Udaipur. His job was to represent the British East India Company and ensure that the Udaipur ruler acted according to the Company’s wishes. Tod also had wide-ranging interests, and he traveled extensively through the region, eventually publishing
a major two-volume book on Rajasthan’s history and antiquities. His primary source of information was a man named Gyanchandra, the man Tod called his guru (preceptor) and to whom he credited his greatest discoveries. Both men are represented in this painting. Tod is recognizable in black top hat and long red coat, the same way he is shown in other portraits. Opposite, on a smaller elephant, is the humble Gyanchandra.
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.663
Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Princes, Palaces and Passion: The Art of India's Mewar Kingdom Asian Art Museum, Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture , 2/2/2007 - 4/29/2007

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Arts of South Asia 13th - 19th century , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Roselyne Hurel. Pouvoir et Désir: Miniatures Indiennes, Collection Edwin Binney 3rd du San Diego Museum of Art Paris musées/Éditions Findakly. Paris/Suilly-la-Tour, France, 2002
Page Number: 61

Andrew Topsfield. The City Palace Museum Udaipur: Paintings of Mewar Court Life Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd.. Ahmedabad, India, 1990
Page Number: 70 note 8

Andrew Topsfield. Court Painting at Udaipur, Art Under the Patronage of the Maharanas of Mewar Artibus Asiae Publishers. Zürich, Switzerland, 2001
Page Number: 237, 243 note 135

Ms. Joanna Williams. Kingdom of the Sun: Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, California, 2007
Page Number: 152-153, Figure Number: 29 (and inscription)

Ms. Cynthia Talbot. Kingdom of the Sun: Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, California, 2007
Page Number: 14, 15, Figure Number: 2 (detail)

Ms. Cynthia Talbot. James Tod's Rajasthan: Marg Publications. Mumbai, India, 2007
Page Number: 104, 106-107, 109 note 16, Figure Number: 9

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