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Painting the Maharaja showcases, in 32 lots, the Indian art of portraiture. Nawabs, Maharajas and their courtesans from India’s fabled courts, Delhi, Patiala, Gwalior, Lucknow and others are portrayed here in all their glory. Bejewelled, standing in richly decorated interiors, they display the wealth and grandeur of India’s regional courts during the Raj. A highlight is a vibrant portrait of Bhupinder Singh of Patiala as a young man, in which the young Maharaja wears fabulous diamonds; he is well known for having commissioned later during his life from Cartier, Paris the famed Patiala Ceremonial Necklace.
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