Gosain Kirpal Girji

Historical period(s)
ca. 1720
Nagaur school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (Image): 34.9 × 24.8 cm (13 3/4 × 9 3/4 in)
India, Rajasthan state, Nagaur
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


dog, garden, guru, India, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection

To 1964
Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Lewis, San Francisco [1]

From 1983 to 2001
Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Glynn Benkaim, purchased from R.E. Lewis, San Francisco in September 1983 [2]

From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim


[1] Ray E. Lewis (1923-2005) was an active collector and dealer primarily prior to 1972. Lewis sourced paintings for James Ivory prior to 1972, for Barbara Janeff, and for the artist Paul Wonner, as per the Bonhams September 17, 2014 sale of the Janeff collection.

[2] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
Ray E. Lewis 1923-2005
Catherine Glynn Benkaim


Verso: in Devanagari-Gosainji Kirpal Girji Sikh Sawalji

Published References
  • Indian Miniature Paintings from West Coast Private Collections. Exh. cat. cat. 25, pl. XIV.
  • Stuart Cary Welch, Mark Zebrowski. A Flower from Every Meadow: Indian Paintings from American Collections. Exh. cat. New York, Spring 1973. no. 26, p. 55.
  • Debra Diamond. Yoga: The Art of Transformation. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 24c, pp. 116-117.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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