Attributed to Nidha Mal
Watercolor and gold on paper; 10 5/8 x 7 3/8 in. (27 x 18.7 cm)
Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001 (2001.302)
The scene of leisure portrayed here typifies the gracious style of later Mughal painting practiced at provincial centers such as Lucknow in the eighteenth century. In this composition, a prince and his consort smoke a huqqa, attended by ladies in the pleasant surroundings of a walled palace garden. Nidha Mal was a talented artist of the Delhi-based court of the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah (r. 171948) who later moved to Lucknow, where he continued to paint in the refined and naturalistic Delhi style.