Two men fighting
Ink and pigments on paper, mounted on an album page
India, Aurangabad or Kishangarh, First half of the 18th century
Painting: 14,5 by 11,7 cm; Page: 28 by 20,2 cm
Comical pictures are not common in Indian art as miniature paintings were often ordered by patrons willing to magnify their power, or for religious purposes or even manuscript illuminations. It is interesting to note the presence of the cat catching a bird as a mirror of the tension of the main scene. From this small group of lively and comical paintings some were probably ordered by Rajput nobles in Aurangabad in the early 18th century, or painted at Kishangarh a few decades later under the influence of Sawant Singh as a patron of the arts. An unusual painting of soldiers carousing is kept in the collections of the Harvard Art Museum (1995. 112), two further paintings, formerly in the collection of Stuart Cary Welch, have been published, one depicting a strange group of soldiers. This painting is mounted as an album page with a painting of a bird within floral borders on the reverse.