north India, India

Shah Jahan under attack [Shah Jahan killing a tiger] mid 18th century Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Dimensions: image 17.2 h x 28.0 w cm mount 28.1 h x 39.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1332
Subject: Royalty Portrait: male Animals: hunting
Provenance:
  • Acquired, possibly from descendants of the artist, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1927;
  • exported from India by Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1930;
  • held in the collection of Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson and Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson, Pasha, both of The Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1927-1953;
  • who gave it to the Commonwealth of Australia, 1953;
  • held by National Library of Australia, Canberra, after transfer from London, 1954-1991;
  • transferred to the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1991.
  • The collecting history of this painting is partial. The earliest confirmed transaction is its purchase by the donor in India in 1927. It is known that the donor purchased many works in Jaipur in 1927 from the descendants of the artists who created them, and this painting may be one of those. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1927.
  • The painting was exported from India in 1930. The applicable law regarding the export of cultural material more than one hundred years old from India at the time was The Ancient Monuments Preservation Act 1904. This law did not require an export permit for paintings. Under Australia's Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act (1987), to be legally imported a work of art must have been legally exported from its country of origin. This painting was legally acquired as there was no restriction in place in its country of origin at the time of export and it was imported prior to the implementation of the Act.

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