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Embracing Lovers with Sparklers
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Embracing Lovers with Sparklers

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Description Embracing lovers were a popular subject in 18th-century court circles, especially in the pleasure-loving atmosphere that prevailed among the rulers and nobles of Oudh state in Uttar Pradesh, just before its takeover by the British. This delicate picture shows lovers dancing on a terrace. With exquisitely detailed attire, their forms are brilliantly illuminated by the glow from the sparklers, which have also caused the billowing smoke above. Noteworthy is the technique of rendering the tiny silver sparks of the two sparklers. The picture may have been painted by Faizullah, one of the artists working at the Oudh court.
Date Description Narrative
7/28/2017Examinationexamined for exhibition; examined for technical study
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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ca. 1775
opaque watercolor and gold and silver paint on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 7 1/4 x W: 4 1/2 in. (18.4 x 11.4 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)


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