Garden and Cosmos at the British Museum

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Detail from Death of Vali; Rama and Lakshmana Wait Out the Monsoon. From the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas (1532-1623). Jodhpur, c. 1775. Copyright Mehrangarh Museum Trust

The most striking thing about the paintings in the Garden and Cosmos exhibition at the British Museum is the bright, vibrant colours. Tales of life in the court, philosophical thought and out-of-control elephants are painted in rich colour with intricate gold detail.

The court paintings depict life under three Maharajas, all with their own personality and passions. Maharaja Bakhat Singh appears very keen on spending his time surrounded by the women in the court!

When you’re in the second room, don’t forget to look up at the lavishly embroidered canopy – it’s easy to miss it.

Read more about Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur. The exhibition runs to 23rd August 2009.