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Portrait of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Titled 'Runjeet Sing from a copy by Jeewan Ram'.
Pencil drawing on paper 6.3 x 5.5ins. (160 x 140mm). Circa 1840

The drawing relates closely to a portrait titled 'Maharaja Runjeet Singh. 1831. Jiwan Ram at Delhi pinxt. From Mr Prinsep’s Origin of the Sikh Power in the Punjab..'. Henry Prinsep's work was published in Calcutta 1834. Another version of the same work has a similar portrait with the inscription '... from a portrait by Jewun Ram a native artist of Delhi, who accompanied the Governor-General in the interview at Roopur in 1831. Kasinath sculpsit'. The Governor-General would have been Lord William Bentinck.

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