Moote Ram the Dwarf

Moote Ram the Dwarf

A curious drawing, from the late 18th century, of a named dwarf dancing in the presence of a pair of Indian soldiers (‘sepoys’ in the title of the sketch).  I stumbled across this in the same search that yielded a 17th century Dutch painting of a dancing...
A fool feigned or real?

A fool feigned or real?

This sketch of an individual, done by an Anglo-Indian artist around 1790, has the intriguing title of ‘A fool named Gungarum’.  At first I wondered if it was a portrait of a recognised or quasi-professional fool, but noting the similarity between the...
A dancing dwarf

A dancing dwarf

A lively portrayal of a dancing dwarf, accompanied by a piper, this is from an album of 102 drawings, with the dwarf resplendent in a striped silk costume.   The details provided below by the British Museum, to which it belongs, deal with the nature and ownership of...

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