Kishangarh School of Painting emerged as a distinctive style in the middle of
18th century under the patronage of Maharaja Sawant
Singh. Nihal Chand, a gifted artist in the Maharaja's court,
produced some highly individualistic and sophisticated works, which
are by any standard great works of art. The chief characteristics of
the Kishengarh paintings were the elongation of human faces, lavish
use of green and depiction of panoramic landscapes.
Portrayal of Radha and Krishna in elongated faces is a common
subject of Kishangarh paintings. The elongated neck, the long
stylised eyes with drooping eyelids, the thin lips and pointed chin
of Radha standing in a graceful pose with her head covered with a
muslin odhni, is undoubtedly the most striking creation of
the Kishangarh school. This style continued into the 19th
century and a series of paintings of the Gita Govinda were
produced in 1820.