7. An illustration to a Rasikapriya series: Radha, seated in a pavilion, visited by a female companion dressed as a boy
Gouache heightened with gold on prepared paper
11 x 7 ½ in. (28 x 19 cm.)
Provenance: Collection of the late Pearl King (1918-2015).
Probably acquired from Maggs Bros or Sothebys London from the 1960’s onwards (based on communication).
An actress (Nati) addresses Radha thus: 'Hearing from you about Krishna, my desire to see him was kindled in me. He embraced me so closely that even now there is pain round my neck. My experience with him last night was exactly the same, as you had related to me.' -Translation of the text on verso, six lines in nagari script in black and red ink.
In a painted oval, corner pieces with stylized floral and vegetal motifs in silver on a sky-blue ground with rosettes in orange, yellow inner border with nagariinscription in upper border, pink outer border.
Fourteen paintings from this series are in the Victoria and Albert museum, London; see Archer, W.G., Indian painting from the Punjab Hills, London, 1973, Kangra, no.66 (i)-(vi).
The distinct ovaloid format along with yellow margins and floral surroundings are, according to Archer, based on the Lambagraon Baramasa series, dating them to circa 1820.
Recto (top) translation: nati ko vachan radhika prati, 'an actress addresses Radhika [Radha]'.
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