Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm
India Punjab – Large Sikh painting of Maharajah Ranjit Singh on Canvas. A large oil painting of the Ranjit Singh (13 November 1780 – 27 June 1839) by Mohinder Singh an artist working in the 20th c in Punjab, India. Complete with titled caption in Punjabi which reads “Shere Punjab, Maharajah Ranjit Singh” translated as The Lion of the Punjab. This striking image also depicts the Maharajah’s narrowed left eye, a result of smallpox affliction during his childhood. In 1799, a process of unification was started by Ranjit Singh to establish an Empire. The occupation of Lahore from Bhangi Misl in the summer of 1799 marked a watershed in his career. With the conquest of Lahore, Ranjit Singh launched upon a career of systematic aggrandisement which made him master of a vast empire in less than quarter of a century and the greatest Sikh Ruler of the 19th c. Size 94cm by 125cm.