Maharaja Tukoji Holkar II of Indore
Portrait of His Highness the Maharaja Tukoji Holkar seated full-length on a cushion. The Holkar dynasty ruled a princely state in Central India under the protectorate of British India. The Maharaja portrayed here is Tukoji Rao Holkar II, Maharaja of Indore (1832-1886). George Landseer was a British artist who lived in India in the 1860s and travelled the subcontinent extensively. He is known for his portrait paintings and his watercolours include Indian landscapes and fauna.
Signed, dated and titled: 'H.H the MAHARAJAH of INDORE. George Landseer / 1861'. On the reverse and further inscribed on the label on the top part of the stretcher: 'His Highness Maharajah Holkar / of Indore'.
Oil on canvas, 60.3cm x 43.9cm
The painting is published in Joachim K. Bautze, Interaction of Cultures: Indian and Western Paintings (1780-1910) from The Ehrenfeld Collection, Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia, 1998, p. 115.
Provenance: The Harewood Charitable Trust; sale, Christie's, 26 July 1985, lot 252 (part).
The Ehrenfeld Collection; sale, Sotheby's London (Nineteenth Century Photographs of India: The Ehrenfeld Collection), 25 May 2005, lot 391.