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The earliest traces of painting in the Dhundhar or Amer-Jaipur region are to be found on the Jaipur Painting walls of the Mughal gateway at Bairat and in the palaces and mausoleums of Amer, belonging to the early 17th century. The style of these paintings is folk though the male figures wear Mughal costumes and head dresses. Some Jain manuscripts written at Mauzumabad and Amer during other subsidiary courts in this period are other noteworthy examples. The zenith of this school was reached under Sawai Pratap Singh towards the close of the 18th century. More than a dozen painters worked in his suratkhana to produce hundreds of miniatures to illustrate Bhagavata Purana, Devi Mahatma, Ramayana, Ragamala, portraits and other works. The impact of the Amer-Jaipur school was felt in places like Insarda, Malpura, Jhilai, Alwar and Karauli where many religious texts, Ragamala, portraits and court scenes were produced.


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