Tank and tomb of Raja Bakhtawar, Alwar. 'Novr. 1878'
Artist: North, Marianne (1830-1890)
Medium: Oil on paper
Oil painting of a tank and tomb within the palace of Alwar in Rajasthan, by Marianne North, dated November 1878.
Initially Marianne North (1830-1890) only painted botanical specimens and travelled around the world in search of interesting subject matter. She visited India in 1877-79 and completed over 200 paintings whilst there, painting landscape views as well. The palace of Alwar dates to the early 19th century and the buildings are made of marble, decorated with mosaic work and incised with foliate designs. The tank and marble paved terrace with pavilions are located within the palace grounds and were often full of ducks, geese, and swans, as can be seen in this painting. The tomb overlooks the tank and consists of a grouping of round Bengali curved cornices.The rocky Aravalli hills surround the palace and city.