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A maid tries to console a lonely Radha

Creation date: ca. 1820
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1299
State/Province: Himachal Pradesh
Dimensions: 12 3/8 in. x 8 25/32 in. (31.4 cm x 22.3 cm)


Sotheby's, London, England (July 5, 1965 - July 5, 1965)

T. Hughes, London, England (July 5, 1965 - July 5, 1965)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (July 5, 1965 - August 27, 1990)

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

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Gallery 10 Label Dec 2015

A maid tries to console a lonely Radha
Page from The Lover’s Guide (Rasikapriya)
Northern India, Kangra, ca. 1820
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

The poetic text of the Rasikapriya defines various types of lovers and the relevance of seasons and moods in the expression of their love. Sets of Rasikapriya paintings would illustrate these different figures, often using the god Krishna and his beloved Radha as the model for human couples. In this painting, Radha impatiently awaits Krishna on a rainy night, but it seems that he might not appear. Her maid says to her that the birds outside the palace are not peacocks but actually messengers from Kama, the god of love, who are telling her not to sulk.
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.1299
Last Updated: 1/31/2023


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Rajput Miniatures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd The Portland Art Association , 9/24/1968 - 12/14/1969


This object has the following bibliographic references:

William George Archer, OBE, MA, D.Litt.. Rajput Miniatures, Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon, 1968
Page Number: 117, 122, Figure Number: 93

Catalogue of Fine Western & Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, Sotheby & Co.. London, England, July 5, 1965
Page Number: 30, Lot no. 137

Dr. Harsha V. Dehejia. Rasikapriya: Ritikavya of Keshavdas in Ateliers of Love D. K. Printworld (P) Ltd.. New Delhi, 2013
Page Number: 275, Figure Number: 10.24

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