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.
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