In the western world, Royalty was always portrayed in art with the best composition and stature.
Historically only the Aristocratic and Royalty would get their portrait done in an extravagant manner to showcase their powerful influence amongst commoners in their Kingdom
The commissioned artist would strive for anatomical realism and authentic plausibility with deliberate attention to detail.
These Elite paintings often portrayed grandiosity, Wealth, political influence and fables of valour and conviction.
The British practice of Aristocratic portraiture as a symbolism of power and authority, spread to the West through colonialism. Colonialism also brought forward the introduction to black and white photos in addition to oil paintings. The miniature painting in the 16th century portraying Mughal emperors and Rajput Kings, explored the advent of Portraiture in the Indian subcontinent.
As you walk in the vicinity of our resort in Rajasthan, you can find various paintings that portray the luxurious lifestyles and vigour of Rajput Kings.
When you look out for historical paintings while staying in our resort in Rajasthan, you will come across paintings of King Bhim Singh of Jodhpur and of Rana Sangram Singh which is a testimony to the beautiful use of space and intricate motifs in the background.
The Mehrangarh Museum, located near our resort in Rajasthan houses a plethora of miniature paintings and others from the Rajasthani School of Paintings.
Although there are innumerous paintings of various Kings and Emperors that do justice to the representation of their conquests and deeds, one particular Portrait of Maharaja Takht Singh continues to captivate even after all these decades.
Around 115 kms from our resort in Rajasthan, The portrait of Maharaja Takhat Singh is displayed in Umaid Bhavan Palace.
For a simpleton, The portrait of Maharaja Takht Singh oozes Power and Royalty with his thick ferocious mustache and beard. He is in frontal stance while wearing a regal horse riding attire of white fine cotton robe and a flared skirt known as the angarkha.
He is donned with a big emerald pendant necklace with gems of Ruby and diamonds arranged in alternate placements.
He is adorned by a couple of kundan stone necklaces.
As you can see in various portraits of Kings in and around our resort in Rajasthan, they were obsessed with jewelry and especially the ones with emeralds.
Maharaja Takht Singh is wearing a jewelled khirkiya paag , which is a turban style that stands because of a metal frame underneath the material. Around his waist is a pataka in the shade of red, green and gold where his small dagger or the katar is tuckered in. His firm grip on the talwar or longsword conveys his dominion.
The story of Maharaja Takht Singh starts in Jodhpur a few kilometres away from our resort in Rajasthan. He was born in Ahmednagar and was the final Maharaja of Ahmednagar. At a period where the British Raj was overtaking every province and state, Maharaja Takhat Singh openly welcomed a relationship with the British by attending various galas and events.
Maharaja Takht Singh is known to have constructed various palaces and gardens in and around Jodhpur. Chokhelao Palace and Gardens is one of the few places built by the Maharaja that you can visit from our resort in Rajasthan.
The Portrait of Maharaja Takhat Singh is gaining popularity in recent times due to the juxtaposition of Western backdrop and ambiance with an Eastern grandiose. This painting gives a glimpse on the early westernization of Indian art and ideologies.