This miniature painting depicts Maharana Pratap Singh’s Horse Fatem Marakha.
Maharaja Pratap Singh (1764-1803) of Jaipur was the younger son of Maharaja Madho Singh. He ascended to the throne at 14 and reigned for over 25 years.
Following the decline of Mughal court paintings, the Rajput and Pahari schools of painting increased in popularity. During Maharaja Pratap Singh’s long reign, the Jaipur style became one of the most well-known and flourished.
The region of Marwar had a great affection for horses, as is shown through the songs devoted to Chetak, Maharana Pratap’s loyal ride during the Battle of Haldighati (1576). The horse in this painting is also portrayed with affection in a giddy posture, dressed in mauve and yellow ribbons.
TitlePortrait of Horse Fatem Marakha, a personal ride of Maharana Pratap
MediumOpaque pigments on paper
DimensionsH: 39.1 x W: 31.1 cm
Genre: Indigenous & Tribal Art