Maratha Lady
Rao Bahadur M.V. Dhurandhar

c. 1916 
Watercolour on paper 

Renowned artist Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar studied at the Sir J. J. School of Art between 1890 and 1895. He was also the first Indian director (1919-1935) of the School of Art. Particularly skilled with watercolours, Dhurandhar became an illustrator and portraitist of great repute. He depicted his subjects with authenticity and sympathy, creating a unique visual record of contemporary Mumbai (Bombay) that has not been matched in any other city in India.

This painting, acquired by the Museum in 1916, depicts a lady from the Maratha community in traditional attire.