earliest traces of Rajput
Paintings in the Dhundhar or Amer-Jaipur region are to be
found on the 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 Bhagawad 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.