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A Ceremonial Procession, Probably 18th Century, Painting on Copperplate, 3’11”x 2’4”

A Ceremonial Procession, Probably 18th Century, Painting on Copperplate, 3’11”x 2’4”
A Ceremonial Procession, Probably 18th Century, Painting on Copperplate, 3’11”x 2’4”

Location: Durbar Hall Committee Room

The composition emphasizes foreground where a ceremonial procession with an entourage of British and Indian soldiers can be seen along with elephants and horses. The painting exudes intense energy with horses and soldiers in forward motion.

The seated figure atop the elephant, adorned with a heavily bejewelled cape in hues of black and gold seems to be an Indian chief. With an umbrella above, he is seated in a howdah, attired in a high collared ensemble with intricate embroidery. Two European officials dressed in high waist coats and pointed caps are seen behind him, seated in howdahs. The frontal ground draws attention to the chief’s retainers and soldiers who are seen in forward thrust. While some are seen on foot, others are painted mounted on horses, dressed in white jamas and pagdis.

According to Sir Evan Cotton’s 1931 catalogue, the painting is executed by an Indian artist in the 18th century. Architectural elements define the distant background. The palace of the chief with two square towers with flags atop them can be seen. The sky with clouds in circular motion represents the adroit brushwork of the artist. A water chariot sailing atop the sea is captivatingly executed.


The research and compilation of the E- Catalogue has been realised by Shri VenuRajamony- Press Secretary to the President of India and Ruchi Kumar- Research Associate.

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