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 watercolour painting depicts a court scene in the theatrical tradition of western history painting.

This painting is a cartoon or a smaller version of the original wall mural, titled 'Stridhanam', housed in the law courts, commissioned by the Law Members' Chambers in 1929.


  • Title: Court Scene, detail
  • Creator: Rao Bahadur M.V. Dhurandhar
  • Date: 1928
  • Location: Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Physical Dimensions: L 74 cm x W 235 cm
  • Material: Watercolour on paper
  • Gallery: 19th Century Paintings Gallery

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