"This impressively researched, eloquently written, and sumptuously illustrated
catalogue of Central Indian paintings and drawings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum
of Indian Art in Hyderabad is an important contribution to the study of Indian miniature
painting. It presents some of the finest examples of so-called "Malwa"-style
paintings, which are properly assigned to Bundelkhand, and provides the first in-depth
study of painting at such centres as Orchha, Datia, and Sitamau. The extensive section on
Raghogarh painting is truly groundbreaking, and includes a comprehensive discussion of the
Raghogarh style in its historical context, incisive analyses of many unpublished
materpieces, and the identification of the first major artist to work in that state.
Jagdish and Kamla Mittal, an artist couple with exceptionally discerning taste, assembled
this unparallelled collection of paintings over a period of more than sixty years. The
superb quality of the illustrations, the insightfulness of the text, and the inclusion of
key comparative material make this book essential to anyone who enjoys or studies Indian
"John Seyller, Professor of Art History at the University of
Vermont, U.S.A., is an internationally acclaimed authority on Indian painting. He has
written extensively on the imperial Mughal painting workshop as well as on individual
manuscripts and their painters.
Jagdish Mittal is an artist turned collector and art historian. He is
the Principal Trustee of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, to which he
and his wife, Kamla, gifted their unique art collection in 1976. He was awarded the Padma
Shri by the Government of India in 1990."