Raja Balwant Singh's Hunt by Nainsukh

Sometime in the late 18th century an Indian painter, clearly frustrated with his patron, scribbled a small prayer in the margins of a manuscript on which he was working: “Protect me O Lord, from oil, from water, from fire and from poor binding,” he wrote. “And save me from falling into the hands of a fool.” Most historians of Indian art have tended to look at their subject from the point of view of the patron.

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