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Indian School, late 18th century

The marriage of Krishna and Rukmini. circa 1790

Opaque watercolour on paper | 43.0 x 29.2 cm (folio dimensions) | RCIN 1005113.w

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Mangaldas Nathubhai led the Bombay welcoming committee for the Prince's tour, and invited the Prince to attend his son's wedding. William Howard Russell was struck by the colourful scene, the overpowering scent of flowers and the garlands, and noted that the Prince was ‘festooned with the choicest’. This painting shows the marriage of the crowned Krishna, eighth avatar of Vishnu, and the veiled Rukmini, conducted by moon and starlight in a palace courtyard.