Samuel Fyzee-Rahamin A Rajput Sirdar c.1914–5

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Artist
Title
A Rajput Sirdar
Date c.1914–5
Medium Watercolour, gouache and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 495 x 292 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the State of Bhavnagar 1925
Reference
N04096
Not on display

Catalogue entry

S. Fyzee-Rahamin 1880-1964

N04096 A Rajput Sirdar c.1914-15

Inscribed in the Urdu language, in Persian style, 'amal-i faizi rahamin' (work of Fyzee-Rahamin) b.r.
Watercolour, gouache, and pen and ink on paper, 20 7/8 x 12 3/4 (53.1 x 32.3) including decorative border
Presented by the State of Bhavnagar 1925
Prov: The State of Bhavnagar (purchased from the artist through Arthur Tooth and Sons 1925)
Exh: [?Indian Paintings, Vedic, Mythological, Traditional, Homelife and the Mountains of Kashmir, etc. by S. Fyzee-Rahamin, M. Knoedler, New York, November 1918 (31) as 'Portrait of a Rajput Warrior of Rajputana']; India: Vedic, Mythological and Contemporary Water-Colours by S. Fyzee-Rahamin, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, June-July 1925 (24) as 'A Rajput Sirdar'
Lit: Anon, 'Mr Fyzee-Rahamin's Paintings' in Apollo, II, 1925, p.93, repr. in colour facing p.94

The artist's wife wrote: 'The name of the Rajput Sirdar is Maharawal Udey Rana - a first class warrior sirdar (courtier) of the Court (Durbar) of Udeypoor, Rajputana - of Chawan clan descended from the Sun and the Moon - painted from life - when we were the guests of the Ruler'. (Letter of 24 February 1960).

Mrs Aliya Tainkeen, the Superintendent of the Fyzee Rehamin Art Gallery, adds in a letter of 17 May 1978 that the records of the Fyzee family include an account of a visit to Udeypoor some time in 1914-15, though there is no mention of this particular man.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.230-1, reproduced p.230

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